Iwan Baan photographs outdoor artworks by Richard Serra and Faye Toogood in Qatar
Architectural photographer Iwan Baan has captured a selection of public artworks that will be on display in Qatar to provide outdoor museum experiences ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
As part of the country's cultural movement Qatar Creates, Qatar Museums has created a collection of more than 100 artworks, which will be displayed in places from the Souk Watif market in Doha to the Qatari desert.
Forty additional works have been added to the museum's existing program of outdoor installations for Qatar Creates, including new pieces by American artist Jeff Koons and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
Among the artworks photographed by Baan is American artist Richard Serra's existing weathering-steel sculptures East-West/West-East in the Brouq nature reserve in Zekreet, as well as UK designer Faye Toogood's new Clay Court sculptures, which can be seen at the Qatar National Theatre.
Koons has contributed with his new work Dugong, a large mirror-polished stainless-steel depiction of a marine mammal.
Meanwhile, Eliasson, whose works often touches on climate change and relate to their setting, has created a site-specific artwork for the desert.
Other artists whose work was captured by the photographer include Martin Creed, Yayoi Kusama, Tom Claassen and Subodh Gupta, while Qatar will also showcase installations by Qatari artists Shua'a Ali and Shouq Al Mana.
Among the existing installations on view is Damien Hirst's The Miraculous Journey, which can be seen outside the Sidra Medical Centre and comprises 14 sculptures depicting the journey from foetus to baby.
"Doha is a vibrant destination, and adding more than 40 new public art installations will further transform the city into a dynamic urban canvas that serves to spark conversations and provide sources of inspiration for all," said Abdulrahman Ahmed Al-Ishaq, Qatar Museums' director of public art.
"Qatar Museums' public art programme, more than anything else, serves as a reminder that art is all around us, not confined to museums and galleries, and can be enjoyed and celebrated whether you are going to work, or school, or the desert or the beach."
As Qatar prepares to welcome more than 1.5 million people for this year's FIFA World Cup, the country has also completed eight new stadiums for the football tournament.
In addition, Qatar plans to build three new museums designed by architects Jacques Herzog of Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas of OMA and Alejandro Aravena of Elemental.
The photography is by Iwan Baan.