Thursday, November 12, 2015

SkyWatch: Jeddah's Fruit Boat Sculpture

Jeddah's weather is really harsh on the many sculptures located around the city, especially those that require paint to keep them looking spiffy.  Between the flying dust and sand, the severe heat from the blazing hot sun, the salty Red Sea air, and the lack of rainfall, Jeddah's sculptures really take a beating.  Jeddah's whimsical Fruit Boat sculpture is a well-known city landmark.  It was given a much needed facelift in 2008 when it was cleaned, repainted and repaired.  However a few short years later, a thick layer of dirt now covers up the once vibrant colors, causing the sculpture to appear quite faded once again.  You can see the difference for yourself on this post I did on the Fruit Boat sculpture back when it had just been refurbished.

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William Kendall said...

That's different... and yes, it needs a freshening up!

Jerry Mc Kenna said...

There is a good reason why Western sculpture slowly abandoned the polychrome decoration common in the ancient world. Still I like this in muted colors, I think it is better in muted colors than in the original.