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.


Saudi Civil Defense makes Kingdom safer place to live

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Saudi Civil Defense makes Kingdom safer place to live

JEDDAH: Collaboration between Saudi universities, research centers and the country’s Civil Defense is helping to make the Kingdom a safer place to live.
Col. Abdul Aziz Al-Zahrani, the general director of the Jeddah department of Civil Defense, said “strong” cooperation on safety and civil protection matters was a vital part of risk management work taking place in the Kingdom.
Speaking during a press conference to announce details of next month’s Intersec Saudi Arabia 2019 trade fair for the security, safety, and fire protection sector, Al-Zahrani said the General Directorate of Civil Defense had spent many productive years sharing knowledge with Saudi education and research institutions.
He said research data helped in producing risk assessments and finding solutions to natural, industrial and domestic safety issues. “The Civil Defense takes advantage of these studies to help keep people and properties safe.”
Al-Zahrani added: “Take me for instance. I am a graduate of King Abdul Aziz University where I obtained my Ph.D. in geological and environmental engineering. I have worked on risk assessment on the coast of the Makkah region. We were able to produce geological maps that helped to locate risky, low-risk and safe areas.”
The third edition of the Intersec exhibition will take place on April 14-16 at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events with more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries expected to attend.
The event aims to offer a platform to network, create and strengthen partnerships, share information, and keep up to date with the latest innovations driving the regional and global security, safety, and fire protection industries.
Organized by Messe Frankfurt-Middle East and Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE) and supported by the General Directorate of Civil Defense along with other international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions, Intersec will bring together key regulators, government authorities, solution providers and end-users to discuss strategies and collaborative approaches for security, safety and fire protection in the region.
The trade event will cover product groups including commercial security, information security, perimeter and physical security, homeland security and policing, fire and rescue, and health and safety.
Al-Zahrani said great strides had been taken in Saudi Arabia to protect the public from the dangers posed by unsafe appliances, and the Civil Defense had also increased the efficiency and effectiveness of fire and rescue services.