Want to see some of the world’s finest street artists at work?
Dubai Canvas is adorning new beachfront development La Mer in Jumeirah, transforming into a giant canvas of huge optical illusions.
From 1st-7th March, massive 3D works by international graffiti gurus and talented young Emiratis will fill the fourth edition of the open-to-all art festival. To give you a flavour, here are some of the mind-blowing hyper-realistic images from last year’s event.
Confirmed names include Italian artist Cuboliquido (that’s his work below), the winner of last year’s Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award, second place winner Danila Shmelev from Russia and Leon Keer from the Netherlands, who claimed third place.
The whole thing will be free of charge, so people can watch the artists at work and take snaps a-plenty of the finished murals. There are also plenty of free workshops for all ages to get involved with – find everything from sunrise 3D sand art to customising denim – and music from local bands and DJs on a full schedule here.
Mona Al Marri, director general of the Government of Dubai Media Office, which organises Dubai Canvas as Brand Dubai, said the event was part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s drive to bring more art to the emirate. The Ruler of Dubai has previously said wants it to transform into an “open-air art museum.”
La Mer, Jumeirah 1. 4pm – 10pm on weekdays, from 6am weekends. www.dubaicanvas.ae