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Christo and H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo with the 2016 winners 5th Apr 2016

Silk Road, the winner of The Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award 2016 is unveiled at New York University Abu Dhabi

The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan  Al Nahyan, was presented last night by the Abu Dhabi Festival in partnership with New York University Abu Dhabi.

Silk Road, the winning piece created by students from the American University of Sharjah (AUS), is derived from three aspects of Islamic architecture that can be found in cities that once linked the Silk Road. The architectural shelter is both contemporary and ancient, and is lined with intricately printed fabric reminiscent of textiles traded throughout the deserts and sand dunes of the Arabian Peninsula. Silk Road acts as homage to the architectural forms of Islam, representing a visual timeline of leaving and returning home.


The event was attended by Christo, H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival and the winning team consisting of Mohammad Z I Abualhuda (Jordan), Khalid Khairi Al Tamimi (Jordan), and Ghanem Mohamed Younes (Egypt).

Exhibited at the New York University Abu Dhabi campus until 24 April 2016, Silk Road is the fourth winning work of the annual The Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award, which was established in 2013 to act as a launch pad for young visual artists in the UAE.