Dubai’s Metro line is being spruced up with some eye-catching street art.
Two huge murals are being painted on to pillars of the Dubai Metro on Sheikh Zayed Road. You can see the work of international street artists – Peruvian Daniel Cortez and Dominican-born, Miami-based artist ‘Evoca1’ (Elio Mercado) – between Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Towers stations. Previews of the pillars show them adorned with jellyfish and a huge whale, but it’s not clear if that’s what the finished works will be.
It’s the first part of Dubai Metro Murals Project, part of a wider initiative to turn Dubai into an open-air museum.
Brand Dubai – the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office – has already transformed the streets of old Dubai into a huge art gallery and the flyover of East Crescent on Palm Jumeirah into a verdant green forest.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director General of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said: “The Project will not only transform the urban ambience along Sheikh Zayed Road but also bring art closer to the community. In cooperation with Brand Dubai, we are seeking to implement a series of projects like this that will make public spaces more appealing and create a distinct visual identity that fosters a sense of belonging and pride within the community.”
Watch out for more vibrant street art from well-known local and global artists appearing on bridges, tunnels, walking tracks, bus stops and other public places around Dubai, as part of the project.