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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

eL Seed sculpture outside Dubai Opera - in pictures 

A sculpture by the artist best known for his large-scale building calligraphy has been installed in Downtown Dubai

eL Seed is collaborating with 20 schoolchildren in Abu Dhabi to produce a mural stretched across the wall of the Abu Dhabi Municipality Building, and now a sculpture by the Dubai-based artist has been installed next to Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai.

eL Seed, born in Tunisia and raised in France, has become well-known for his expressive calligraphic forms, spray-painted in cities across the globe and in areas – like the DMZ border between South and North Korea – that are potential conflict zones.

His work is a kind of hybrid between street art and classical Arabic calligraphy: fat, angular letters outlined in bright red or blue, executed directly on buildings, or in this case, as a sculpture to be hung outside of a building.

He shared this photo of the Dubai Opera piece:

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And also shared this 'throwback' of a sculpture work he created during his year's residency at Tashkeel Studio four years ago that looks very similar in style to the new Dubai Opera piece:

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In both of eL Seed's Instagram posts about the new Dubai work he's added the hashtag #BiancaCastafiore. Rather intriguingly, this is a fictional character from the Tintin universe - but, fittingly, she's an Opera singer:

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WATCH: eL Seed gets to work on his first mural in Abu Dhabi

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Here's a look at his new Abu Dhabi work: