Noted Saudi artist, Dia Aziz Dia, was commissioned in 1996, to design a sculpture representing 'Peace'. The artist created the sculpture in Pietrasanta, Italy. The base of the sculpture illustrates the earth, on which the word 'peace' is inscribed in various languages. At it's center, stands the head of a horse, which is the embodiment of the power that reinforces peace, as the reins controlling direction, are represented by the olive branch of peace. The dove represents the equilibrium of the momentum's control. This particular work of art symbolizes the peace that is promoted by all divine messages, notably the Islamic ethos of moderation and balance intended to refine human principles and values.
Bronze - size 2.5 m height x 4.5 m base
Bianco Marble - size 45 cm height x 60 cm base
In 2007, respected Saudi artist, Dia Aziz Dia, was commissioned to design a sculpture representing technical creativity and knowledge, connecting it to the Islamic era of civilization. The sculpture, produced in Lebanon, consists of a dove demonstrating peace, upon which is based the Islamic doctrine. The symbols engraved on the back of the dove, depict a cube, which symbolizes the honourable Kaaba (the house of Allah). The Kaaba is the focus of the direction in which Muslims pray, worldwide. Lines are drawn around the Kaaba to represent circumambulation in addition to strokes denoting the four directions. Spread across the wings and tail of the dove, are numbers and shapes symbolizing the sciences of the current era, while figures embossed on the dove's chest symbolize the Islamic era of civilization, which flourished between 800 and 1600 AD.
Size: 120 cm height,
Location: Gifted to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Horse and Horseman
The 'Horse and Horseman' calligraphy styled painting was carried out between 1417 and 1419 H, 1996 - 1998, by Egyptian Artist Dr. Ahmad Mustafa, who excels in calligraphic art. Although it has a remote resemblance to the European tradition of equestrian paintings glorifying the power of ruling monarchs, it is nevertheless a unique work of art expressing the artist's vision of the subject matter in his own distinctive and mature style. One of the most obvious differences, illustrating its distinctiveness, is the detailed composition of Arabic letters constituting the carious texts that have inspired the work which includes two contemporary poems in praise of King Abdulaziz Al Saud, by Egyptian poet Abbas Mahmoud Al Aqqad and Saudi Poet Ibn Othaymin, and two other poems recited in honour of the horse by pre Islamic poets Imru Al Qays (d. 64 before HIjra, 560 AD), and Al Muzarrid Ibn Dirar (d. 2 before Hijra, 620 AD). From a historical perspective, the portrait depicts King Abdulaziz as a heroic, military leader, a wise statesman who reclaimed an ancestral realm, establishing its unification and the absolute supremacy of Islam.
Artist: Dr. Ahmad Mustafa Size: 200 x 162 cm - mixture of oil and acrylic on canvas
Location: Displayed at King Abdulaziz Public Library in the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, Riyadh, KSA.
Produced by Studio Pinton S.A, Felletin in Aubusson, France 2001
Size: 5.32 x 4.29 meters.
Dream of a King
This is an artistic tapestry that reflects a photograph taken by HH Prince Faissal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud while accompanying the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on an inspection visit to the site that would become KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology). The King pensively prayed at the site, planting the seeds of thought and hope for a future scientific institution that would help the nation flourish. The aspiration would build the foundation for a future that would promote the synergy between Islamic and scientific thought. The verses of a poem written by HH Prince Faissal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, are embroidered on the waves depicted on the tapestry.
Blue waters and yellowing sands, Have fulfilled the dream of a great man. With veneration he prays to God, For success in spreading hope. The tower of knowledge, technology and exploration, Has left the founder of generations, Yearning to see them shine like stars of cognition, Providing answers through his vision. Our past can be reclaimed, The height of our glory regained. Leader of men, reasonable and just, Your noble mission inspires us. Continue, my sire, to nourish, Life with you will flourish...
Manufacturer: Lucien Blondeau, Saint Jean, Aubusson, France, 2009.
Size: 7 x 4.20 meters
Supervisors: David Alexander, Dia Aziz Dia.
Lyrics: HH Prince Faissal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud
Composer: Mohammad Shafik
Singer: Mohammad Abdo.
Furusiyya - Jewellery Collection
Saudi jewellery designer, Hala Abdullah Al Shoail, was commissioned to design museum pieces inspired by the book, 'Furusiyya' (The Equestrian). She excelled in generating designs in a unique jewellery collection, which captured the rich diversity of ancient inscriptions associated with the horse and the knight.
Locations: The collection was displayed in 'A Gift From The Desert' exhibition in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, in May 2010. This coincided with the World Equestrian Games. Later, it was displayed in the Furusiyya Event, honouring the achievements of the Saudi Equestrian Team, in Riyadh during November of 2012.
Number of Pieces: 26
Furusiyya - Garments
Saudi fashion designer, Yahya Al Bishri, was commissioned to design a museum fashion collection, inspired by the book,'Furusiyya'(The Equestrian). Distinguished in his innovative designs, he captured the spirit of the horse and horseman, through expressive colours and contemporary embroidery.
Locations: The collection was displayed in ‘A Gift From The Desert’ exhibition in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, in May 2010, coinciding with the World Equestrian Games. It was then displayed in Riyadh in November, 2012, at the Furusiyya Event, honouring the achievements of the Saudi Equestrian Team.
Number of Pieces: 36
Furusiyya – Etched Glass
Artist Giuseppe Sagnoretto, also known as 'Pino', is a specialized glass sculptor from the island of Murano, Italy. In late 2010, he was commissioned to design a memorial sculpture for the Saudi Equestrian Fund.
Production: 24 pieces (Limited Edition), 7 pieces (Standard)
Size: 36 cm height