Misk sculptors leave their mark on Riyadh

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Visitors at the Misk International Sculpture Symposium. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
Updated 02 November 2018
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Misk sculptors leave their mark on Riyadh

RIYADH: Professional sculptors from 13 countries are leaving no stone unturned as they create original artworks in Riyadh as part of the Misk International Sculpture Symposium.
The 21 sculptors have gathered in the Saudi capital to create art pieces from locally sourced marble blocks during the three-week project.
Artists from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, China and South Korea are taking part in the symposium. The sculptors worked on black and white stone sculptures.
The symposium, curated by Saudi sculptor Ali Al-Tokhais, will continue until Nov. 3.
Al-Tokhais told Arab News that his artistic beginnings began when he was a student. “At the last elementary stages, I became passionate about art. I involved myself in activities that were happening in Al-Dawadmi City. During my intermediate school period, my interest in art increased and I continued to take part in more activities.
“The Institute of Art Education for Teachers was the only means for me to satisfy my taste, to enjoy and to refine my talents.”
Al-Tokhais attended a course for Saudi sculptors in Al-Dawadmi and, later, took part in national and international events.
Now, with almost 40 years’ experience as an artist, he said: “The sculptor does not stop at any material — whatever material is available he must adjust himself with. The marble and granite mountains near the city of Al-Dawadmi gave me the freedom to use marble. It is a beautiful material, and when polished it gives amazing results.”
Al-Tokhais said the symposium had been formed “because we were keen to bring sculptors to add international creations in Riyadh.
“The Misk Foundation commissioned me to research, prepare and supervise this symposium. We chose a group of distinguished sculptors on an international level. And in a short time, we were able to produce about 21 sculptures by artists from around the world.”
Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. It also allows for the exchange of skills and direct learning in areas such as design, painting, music, architecture and filmmaking.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”