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KAUST Inauguration Event

September 28, 2009
Last week the Inauguration Event took place the King Abdullah University for Science & Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and saw the launch of Urban Art Projects’ (UAP) ‘Breakwater Beacon’, a 60 metre tall tower overlooking the Safaa harbour and the Red Sea designed by one of UAP’s Principals, Daniel Tobin. (See images below of the Beacon concept drawings and the fireworks display at the Inauguration Event.)

KAUST is an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom that will also benefit the region and the world.

KAUST will pursue its research agenda through four strategic research thrusts that focus on areas of science and technology that are important to Saudi Arabia, the region, and the world: Resources, Energy and Environment, Biosciences and Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Applied Mathematics and Computational Science.

Situated in a unique Red Sea coastal location near the fishing village of Thuwal, 80 kilometers north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second largest city, the total area of the self-contained community spans more than 36 million square meters. This includes a unique coral reef ecosystem that the University will preserve as a marine sanctuary.

UAP’s involvement in site-specific artworks and the iconic Beacon for the site have been a major achievement for this Australian company. I am excited to be involved with such passionate, creative and intelligent people, who are impacting on every area of my Mentorship Residency including Amanda Harris, Lead Designer on my project who was also Lead Designer on the KAUST Artworks’ Program.

Meanwhile, concepting continues…

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