SC begins recycled art programme using Al Rayyan Stadium materials
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) will launch its Recycled Art Programme this week, in conjunction with the reveal of the new Al Rayyan Stadium on Wednesday – the fifth proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
This initiative is part of the SC's local engagement programme, Jeeran, which sees the deconstruction of Al Rayyan Stadium as an opportunity to reflect on the history of Al Rayyan Sports Club through works of art, as well as by building the artistic capacity of the local community.
In order to convey the history and future of Al Rayyan Sports Club, a number of panels will display photos during Wednesday's stadium launch that tell the story of Al Rayyan, from the 1960s through to the present day, while also exhibiting images looking to the future of the club through the works of Qatari artist Faraj Deham and Saudi artist Sadek Wasil.
Both artists have been commissioned to create pieces that will ultimately be placed at Al Rayyan Stadium Precinct. They will also be present at the stadium design launch before appearing at a VIP ceremony and future workshops, masterclasses and shadowing opportunities before finalising their pieces.
Talking to www.sc.qa, Qatari artist Faraj Deham revealed: "I am very happy that the SC understands the importance of arts and culture and how it goes hand-in-hand with sports. As recycled art is not new to me, when I prepared my proposal for Al Rayyan Stadium I came up with many ideas but ultimately chose to use the alsamar tree which is unique to Al Rayyan."
Meanwhile, Sadek Wasil explained the inspiration behind his piece which will feature the chairs from Al Rayyan Stadium.
He said: "The chairs used by the fans were the ones that fascinated me the most and mattered to me. My goal is for the fans to realise that the chairs they used will turn into art pieces."
This programme contributes to the environmental sustainability goal which has been a key part of the SC programme from the outset. The successful deconstruction of the old Al Rayyan Stadium was completed in February 2015, with at least 90% of existing materials at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium re-used and recycled – some of them for the recycled art pieces. The main objective of the programme is to enhance cultural exchange by bringing well-established artists from different backgrounds to create art that echoes the traditions and history of the Al Rayyan community.
Al Rayyan Sports Club's new stadium will accommodate 40,000 spectators in tournament mode, with capacity being reduced to 21,000 in legacy mode and those additional demountable seats being sent to nations in need of sporting infrastructure. The precinct surrounding the stadium will also include a range of facilities which will cater to the needs of the people of Al Rayyan.