Gorilla and tiger fly over Dubai as interiors firm comes up with an innovative solution to fitting out new pool bar

Published: 15 September 2020 - 9:06 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Huge sculptures of a tiger and a gorilla were spotted being flown over Dubai Marina.

Surprised residents shared snaps and videos of the bizarre sighting on social media.

The hefty stainless steel artworks were airlifted into the new Wane by SoMiya pool club and lounge on the fourth floor of the Address Dubai Marina hotel, where they're set to become a selfie backdrop for guests.

Interiors company We Shape Spaces was responsible for the unusual air event.

Co-founder Joe Khoury told Commercial Interior Design that his firm chartered a helicopter to overcome the challenging logistics of installing a crane to lift 'Mojo' the gorilla and 'Diego' the tiger, who weigh 600kg and 1,000kg respectively.

"I said, 'how about we rent a helicopter? I'd seen the F1 fly in a car up to the Burj Al Arab. We got permission from the authorities to fly between 6.30am-8.30am with a pick-up point from Skydive Dubai.

"The gorilla went first, then the tiger. The client was really delighted with how we carried it out."

The 45-minute flight took place at sunrise when the gold-coloured finish on the tiger was seen sparkling as it was swept along the Marina's waterways.

Dubai-based French-Tunisian sculptor Idriss B created the polygonal sculptures as part of a collection of limited-edition pieces of 'Polymals' that went on display at leisure spot The Pointe.

We Shape Spaces was founded in January 2018 by architect Khoury and fit-out professional Antonio Abi Checker, who have worked together on a series of high-profile projects across the emirate, including the Byblos hotels in Dubai Marina and Al Barsha, and the chain's latest property in Al Mamzar.

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