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Crescent is a stainless steel sculpture inspired by the crescent symbol that is used to represent the moon in the first quarter of its lunar phase. The crescent shape has been used throughout history in cultures around the world but is prominently associated with the Islamic faith. The intention of this sculpture is to make the crescent shape three-dimensional and use it as a symbol to welcome visitors to the Four Seasons hotel and to the United Arab Emirates.

This piece was a collaboration with Emirati artist Ashwaq al Hosani who developed the design for the calligraphy which is laser-cut into and wrapped around the sculpture. The calligraphic design is Ashwaq’s interpretation of a poem by Sheik Zayed, the founder of the UAE. At night, the sculpture comes alive with colorful led lights and illuminates the calligraphic words for visitors entering the hotel. The colored lights are programmable, so the hotel can change the colors in honor of special guests or for holidays.




Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE


14' height


laser cut stainless steel, LED lighting, electronics

Commissioning Agency: 

Art Advisory Services


Joe O'Connell

Ashwaq al Hosani


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