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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

VIDEO: A glimpse of the Qatari desert


Earlier this month, Austrian filmmaker Alex Klim decided to spend his first day off in a long time in the desert, shooting footage of the recently installed “East-West” permanent art installation. The short video he produced of the trip has already been viewed 5,000 times online.

The Qatar resident and a friend took a 4:30am trip to Zekreet (to avoid the heat) to check out the massive collection of steel structures produced by renowned American artist Richard Serra.

Speaking to Doha News, Klim explained his first impression of the artwork, which was commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority:

“They are huger than expected and placed very far from each other. I like the unique look and feel of the west coast landscape, the rocks itself are fascinating and with the sculptures it kind of gives it this special touch, like you’re in a different world.”


Klim advised anyone else who wishes to check out East-West this summer to go either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, to avoid the midday heat and enjoy the shadows cast by the sun.

To get there, he said:

“The easiest way to get to them is to exit the highway at Zekreet, and then follow the street until the ‘abandoned’ village. From there head northeast for a couple of minutes until you can see them on your right. I’d recommend a 4-wheel drive as there are many stones & rocks lying on the ground. Bring enough water, especially during this time.”

For those feeling less adventurous, another massive Serra artwork is on display at the Al Riwaq exhibition hall near the Museum of Islamic Art until July 6, 2014.

Have you seen either exhibition? Thoughts?


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7 years ago

Very nice.

7 years ago

Beautifully done. The only thing spoiling it was Richard Serra’s meaningless structures cluttering up an otherwise serene scene.

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

Someone left some metal junk in the desert. Can it be collected and recycled ?

7 years ago

I still can’t believe a LC hasn’t run into one of these yet.

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