Where: Dubai Fountain Promenade
‘Dandelions’ by Mirek Struzik is a larger-than-life installation, the largest version that the artist has produced to date; most appropriate given its location next to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Millions of tourists admire the subtle beauty of 14 Dandelions carefully placed along the Dubai Fountain Promenade.
The effect of the sculpture is enhanced after sunset when the light softens at dusk. As day turns to night, mesmerizing lighting effects turn the work iridescent. Paradoxically, the sculpture approaches the delicate anatomy of its namesake flower by utilizing a ‘heavy material’ – steel. Structurally, the sculpture is designed to give the impression of an inner space, capturing the reflections of more than 10,000 delicate dandelion seeds.
The large-scale transformation of the delicate plant, quite minute and tiny in reality, echoes the enormity of its surroundings and creates a spirit of child-like wonder.
About the artist:
Mirek Struzik was born in 1956 in Żarów, Poland. In 1989, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, in the department of graphics, painting and sculpture, acquiring the title of the Master of Fine Arts. His speciality is sculpture. He designs and creates sculptures in Public Areas, among others: sculpture of Dandelions in front of Burj Khalifa building in Dubai, series of sculptures for the Municipal Botanic Garden of Wrocław University, sculptures for the Spanish shopping centre Factory in Poland or sculpture entitled "Adam and Eve" for the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park in Chicago, USA.