Architecture of Memory

Artist statement

The Healing of Kuwait Towers

The Kuwait Towers are Kuwait’s most iconic structures. Officially opened to the public in 1977, the towers were designed by Danish architect Malene Bjørn. Their architectural design was inspired by Islamic domes and minarets, and the color choice of the mosaic-like steel disks was inspired by the Gulf’s blue hues and the Kuwaiti environment. The Kuwait Towers were designed in a modern style to align with the spirit of the times, reflecting Kuwait’s rapid progress. In 1980, the Kuwait Towers project was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture.

This work, which is a blend of reality and fantasy, celebrates Kuwait’s National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters’ receipt of the Getty Foundation grant, which will be dedicated to the maintenance of the towers’ disks, which have fallen off the towers in recent years. In the work, viewers can observe characters from all over the world examining the fallen disks in wonder, as well as angelic creatures “healing” the towers by putting the fallen disks back in place.

  • Dana Al Rashid
  • 2020
  • Digital art

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