Artist Neel Shukla brings falcon sculpture to Radisson RED Dubai

Published: 21 June 2020 - 10:47 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Dubai's first Radisson RED hotel now has a fitting new sculpture.

The design-focused hotel in Silicon Oasis was the first of the Radisson RED brand to launch in the Middle East this year.

Creatives from collective Art Painting Lab created distinctive bespoke murals for the interiors.

Next Radisson RED appointed Neel Shukla and his team to continue the theme of capturing elements of the local history and culture while recognising the city's current art, music and fashion scenes.

The falcon, which was installed safely at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, measures 2.5 meters long and 2.2 meters high is made of marine-grade stainless steel.

It can now be seen at the main entrance to Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis in Dubai Digital Park.

Neel, who operates Four Gallery in Dubai Design District, also created the W sculpture at W Dubai - The Palm.

He says: "Dubai is probably the most avant-garde city when it comes to art. Quirky art pieces are showcased in so many unique places and spaces all over the city and RED is such a cool space highlighting this vibe and spirit.

"Visitors indulge in this selfie heaven, hence every wall and every area deserved an incredibly distinct element and story.

"The falcon will be the first thing people see and so I wanted to create a statement. We wanted to feature the falcon in a powerful way, yet making it unpredictable.

"The headphones resting on the falcon’s neck signify the falcon’s connection to the new generation and follows the overall design direction of the hotel. It has been a long journey to not only design this piece but ensure its safe installation and I’m very proud and excited to finally see it land.”

Thought the 18-month project is now complete, the sculpture does not yet have an official title. Radisson RED is asking people to take a selfie in front of the falcon and tag the hotel with their suggestions

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