The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah, UAE

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The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah

Architectural Installation in Dubai, UAE – design by Gerry Judah, artist

2 May 2019

The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah

Design: Gerry Judah

Location: Sharjah, Dubai, UAE

The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah UAE

The installation of Gerry Judah’s new monumental sculpture The Scroll (2019) in Sharjah, UAE marks the start of a year of celebrations as the Emirate becomes the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2019.

This landmark sculpture stands close to Sharjah University City and Sharjah International Airport, at the front of the House of Wisdom, designed by Foster + Partners to be completed in 2020. The work was commissioned by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, engineered by Diales, and built by Rimond.

The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah UAE

The Scroll is a contemporary interpretation of the ancient Arabic scrolls – a single, spiralling sculpture that loops towards the sky. The design and inspiration are representative of a celebration of reading and the power of books to unite people, central to the purpose of the House of Wisdom and that of the UNESCO World Book Capital initiative.

The Scroll stands at thirty six metres high (120 feet) and is a true spiral with no connection between the loops as they pass each other. At points there is no more than 150 mm (six inches) between the loops. The structure itself is extremely light and extremely stiff, so as to counterbalance the desert winds, and was achieved by a technique of monocoque construction developed by Gerry Judah and his engineers Diales.

The minimalist lines of the House of Wisdom, designed by Foster + Partners, will be a striking contrast to the curving lines of the monument.

“Gerry’s sculpture is a perfect complement to the minimalist geometry of our building. We look forward to the building’s completion, which will give the local communities and scholars a new space for shared learning and innovative research, set within a beautiful landscape.”
– Gerard Eveden, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners

The UNESCO World Book Capital status is conferred on a new recipient each year. The Emirate of Sharjah’s objective is to foster a culture of reading in the United Arab Emirates and inspire new initiatives to meet the challenge of literary creation in the area. Reinterpreting the library as a social platform for learning supported by innovation and technology, the House of Wisdom represents a new moment for Sharjah as an international cultural capital.

Gerry Judah is a British artist and designer whose work is exhibited in many locations including Gibbs Farm, New Zealand, the Imperial War Museum, Saatchi Collection, India High Commission, St Paul’s Cathedral and the spectacular centrepiece sculptures for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah UAE

Renderings of The Scroll and the House of Wisdom upon expected completion in 2020 © Foster + Partners

Design: Gerry Judah

The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah, UAE images / information received 020519

Foster + Partners

Location: Sharjah, UAE




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