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The Constellation Memorial

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Projects / Special structures / Pavilions / The Constellation Memorial
Location Abu Dhabi, UAE
Client Private Office of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan/MUSANADA
Contractor Al Fara’a Engineering General Contracting
Scope of work Design, supply and installation of steel structures
Period of execution 2017
Weight 250 tons

The Constellation is a memorial in honor of sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former Abu Dhabi’s emir and former president of the United Arab Emirates. The project has a high social value for the country, indeed it has been kept under secret until the opening in February 2018.

This work of art has been conceived and designed by the artist Ralph Helmick, known for his creative intent in exploring human perception by mean of large-scale public sculptures engaging with the observer in the discovery of the work. The memorial has a triangular base with an overall weight of 250 tons of steel developing for 30 meters of height where, with a millimetric tolerance, depart 1.100 inox cables on which there are 1.327 geometrical elements known as platonic solids for their mathematical beauty, positioned in the space in a way to represent the effigy of the emir, recognizable from any latitude.