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Simone Fattal (b. 1942,
Syria) Gates to the Sea,
2019 Bronze

Simone Fattal, Gates to the Sea, 2019



Simone Fattal (born 1942, Syria)

Gates to the Sea embodies both the history of the State of Qatar and its present. On this sculptural piece, the artist Simone Fattal has chosen to inscribe the petroglyphs found at various archaeological sites across Qatar. The petroglyphs depict boats, fish, and scales, which tell us that the history of Qatar is inseparable from the sea that surrounds it.

Qatari captains and sailors were famous for pearl diving and the merchants for the international commerce that ensued. Still today, the land produces and exports by sea, gas and other essential products for the world market. By marking the entrance to the National Museum of Qatar, the gate provides a link between the past and the present. 

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