Jeddah Sculptures Restoration Project

The Jeddah Sculptures Restoration Project

The project was established through the formation of the Jeddah Sculpture Museum with the goal of preserving the artistic sculptures situated along the Jeddah Corniche.

Art Jameel, in collaboration with Jeddah Municipality, restored 26 sculptures in Jeddah during the first phase of the project.

This project aims to restore and preserve the artistic sculptures situated along the Corniche in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  The sculptures range from traditional Arabic designs by local artists to more abstract ones created by famous European sculptors. Many were created by the artists as personal projects only. In the 1970s, the country’s then mayor, Mohammed Said Farsi, initiated the Jeddah Beautification Project and formally included the sculptures as part of this. 

Some decades later, the harsh and arid climate had unfortunately begun to take its toll on the sculptures, and these precious works of art were becoming damaged and worn. In 2011, Art Jameel was honoured to collaborate with Jeddah Municipality on a project to revive the city’s 26 sculptures. As part of this project, 20 of the sculptures were placed in the Jeddah Sculptures Museum to protect them from any further damage and to ensure they can be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.

We valued this opportunity to protect and enrich Jeddah’s historic art scene, and the potential that it presented to educate the community. As part of the project we established a dedicated restoration workshop, drew on international expertise to carry out the work, and invited local artists from the country to work alongside them so they would be able to maintain the sculptures themselves in future.

In December 2014, we began the second phase of the project, which included the maintenance and restoration of two of the most famous sculptures in Jeddah: The Fist, by international sculptor César Baldaccini, and The Verse, by international artist Julio Lafuente. The two sculptures are considered the oldest and most famous historic sculptures in Jeddah.

Please visit the Jeddah Sculptures Museum website to find out more:

http://www.sculpturesofjeddah.com/open-air-museum