On 01 November 2019, the Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Qatar, William Grant, and other officials from the U.S. Embassy in Qatar visited the Scrap Art Exhibit at Souq Waqif Art Center. Also in attendance at the exhibit was Prime Minister and Interior Minister H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Souq Waqif Art Center exhibited over 250 artworks created by 30 different artists from 15 countries in the west square. This scrap art exhibit is the first of its kind in Qatar.
The artists used modern techniques and tools in the works and designs of scrap art, which varied in size and depicted figurines including human beings, sea life, and wildlife. The exhibition was based on the concept of re-purposing scrap and waste to art pieces that can be displayed at different light. It aims to change the social perspective by opening new artistic horizons in reverence to transforming scrap into art by demonstrating a renewed method of this transformation.
Qatar is implementing these very same views in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022. Seven of the eight stadiums are removing roughly 20,000 seats each to be used elsewhere.
The eighth Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, is a 40,000-seat arena built entirely out of shipping containers. This stadium will be completely disassembled and reused at other venues around the world once the 2022 FIFA World Cup has concluded.
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