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Commissioned large sculpture of a boat in white painted mesh - centrepiece of the hotel reception

‘AIRWAVE’ 2016

‘AIRWAVE‘ 2016
Abstract interpretation of an Arabic Dhow - floating (suspended) white-painted stainless steel-mesh composition.
White finished stainless steel-mesh, 600 x 375 x 110 cm.
Installation February 2017 at Le Royal Meridien, Dubai, Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE (Reception Area)


Commission by Interior design company LW for Hotel Interior Le Royal Meridien
Award Winner 2017/2018 in World's Best Africa & Arabia 2017-18

Derived from Arabic dhow designs ‘AIRWAVE‘ is conceived as more than a sculptural rendition of a traditional vessel.

Fabricated in white painted stainless steel mesh, etherial, translucent, precariously poised, this over 6 metre height suspended composition suggests it is more the soul of a vessel than a vessel itself. Rather than in water it floats in air. Phantom-like, this sculpture seems mysteriously poised between the elements where horizon is blurred or lost, its ethos suggesting it exists not only where sea and sky optically merge but in a place where they physically merge, too and where there are neither one thing nor the other.

Artist Statement

"Derived from Arabic dhow designs ‘AIRWAVE‘ is conceived as more than a sculptural rendition of a traditional vessel.
Fabricated in white painted stainless steel mesh, etherial, translucent, precariously poised, this 6 metre height suspended composition suggests it is more the soul of a vessel than a vessel itself. Rather than in water it floats in air. Phantom-like, this sculpture seems mysteriously poised between the elements where horizon is blurred or lost, its ethos suggesting it exists not only where sea and sky optically merge but in a place where they physically merge too and where they are neither one thing nor the other.
It’s an exploding apparition which draws attention to the tenuous line between liquid, air and that which is solid – water, mist, cloud, even ice. Its anti-gravitational composition ultimately expresses a vision and notion of invisible forces which surround us and which form part of everything which exists – electromagnetic and radio waves, light waves, wind and liquid shock waves as well as gravity and its counterpart relentlessly, persuasively, explosively shaping and forcing us to go with the flow."
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    Begbie floating ship 6616 UAE Royal Meridien
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    Boat sculpture AIRWAVE Dubai by David Begbie web
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    D Begbie mesh sculpture 6632 Dubai Royal Meridien
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    David Begbie 4023 Dubai Royal Meridien hotel lobby
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    Mesh sculpture AIRWAVE Dubai by David Begbie web
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    Meshsculpture AIRWAVE Dubai by David Begbie web
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    Wire mesh sculpture AIRWAVE Dubai by David Begbie web
  • Wire sculpture AIRWAVE Dubai by David Begbie web
    Wire sculpture AIRWAVE Dubai by David Begbie web
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Public examples


St. Mary, Wherwell Chilbolton, UK
Millennium Dome, London
Manangel, Birmingham
Shrine of Walsingham, UK
Wimbledon Centre Court Building, UK
‘Figure & Fountain‘, London

Museums


Natural History Museum, London
Bede’s World Museum, UK
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Galleria Nazionali de Arte Moderna, Rome
Museum Beelden an Zee, The Netherlands
Court of Justice, Almelo, The Netherlands
National Gallery Canberra, Australia
Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, USA

Corporate and Private Acquisition Examples



8 Northumberland, London
British Consulate-General Shanghai
Buddha-Bar
Cannon Gym
Eric and Jean Cass Collection
Coloplast Ltd.
Conning Asset Management, London
Hanover Grange
Heron Corporation
Hyatt Hotel Group
Johnson&Johnson
Jumeirah Hotel Group
Le Royal Meridien
Mews of Mayfair
Radisson Hotel / Edwardian Hotel
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
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My sculptures have no palpable substance or surface. At first glance they appear to be a metallic membrane but when you take a closer look they are not even a skin. They are in fact a delineation of surface and form, modelled and drawn in three-dimensional space.
David Begbie

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