Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 23 September 2020

Giant gorilla and tiger sculptures fly through Dubai Marina by helicopter

'Standard morning in Dubai, a solid metal giant tiger ornament being delivered by helicopter'

There are plenty of times when the oft-used phrase "only in Dubai" feels a little hackneyed, but it certainly seemed appropriate on Sunday morning when residents woke up to see giant sculptures of a gorilla and a tiger flying through Dubai Marina.

Chloe Hilton, a resident in the area, filmed the large silver ape statue being flown by helicopter from a balcony in Silverene Tower A on Sunday, at about 7.30am.

The footage shows the gorilla on what looks like an adventure flight, with Marina Mall and Pier 7 in the background and plenty of yachts moored in the marina below.

Dubai Marina resident Chloe Hilton shared footage of a giant silver gorilla statue being flown by helicopter on Sunday morning. Courtesy Chloe Hilton
Dubai Marina resident Chloe Hilton shared footage of a giant silver gorilla statue being flown by helicopter on Sunday morning. Courtesy Chloe Hilton

In the video, Hilton says: "Pretty sure that is a gorilla". She can then be heard laughing to herself about the unexpected sighting and asking: "What is going on?".

It appears as though the sculpture is being flown towards the Address Dubai Marina hotel, however it is not clear whether it will be part of a private collection or a public installation.

A second Dubai Marina resident, Ross Byrne, spotted a similar statue, in the shape of a big cat, flying across the Marina on the same morning – probably part of the same art collection. He filmed the flight of what looks like a tiger, from Park Island in Dubai Marina.

A tiger sculpture was filmed flying through Dubai Marina by resident Ross Byrne. Courtesy Ross Byrne
A tiger sculpture was filmed flying through Dubai Marina by resident, Ross Byrne. Courtesy Ross Byrne

The tiger was also spotted by Daniel Harkin, who wrote on Facebook: "Standard morning viewing in Dubai. Someone getting a solid metal giant tiger ornament delivered by helicopter."

The National has contacted the Address Dubai Marina for comment.

Updated: September 13, 2020 05:01 PM

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