Diana Al-Hadid is a Syrian-American artist who lives and works in New York. Her sculptures take ‘towers’ as their central theme, drawing together a wide variety of associations: power, wealth, technological and urban development, ideas of progress and globalism.
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Al-Hadid’s geometric forms attempt to bridge mystical and scientific understandings of the world. As intensely patterned and detailed structures, her works draw from the traditions of Islamic art, where abstract motifs are used to encourage contemplation of God’s infinite wisdom…The Saatchi Gallery
Composed of two parts, Al-Hadid combines foam, polystyrene and fiberglass for the production of an elaborate multi-layered construction with a distinct internal logic. The pivotal component of the sculpture is Al-Hadid’s recreation of the Aleppo citadel — a fortress that was built in her Syrian birth city in the 10th century for military purposes, and eventually became a holy site for Muslims. The structure sits on an elliptical base atop a hill, hovering over the ancient city as the streets wrap around it. In the sculpture, the citadel is placed upon a classical column, which has been ‘humanized’ and given feet in place of its traditional base.