Hamad International Airport in Doha has unveiled a new sculpture by American artist Brian Donnelly, also known as Kaws, near Concourse E.
Small Lie is the latest addition to the airport’s fine art collection of more than 20 permanent pieces created by local and international artists. Other artworks include the iconic Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer, Oryx statues by Dutch artist Tom Claassen, and the Playground by American sculptor Tom Otterness.
Badr Mohammed Al Meer, CEO at Hamad airport, said, “The airport’s space for public art is truly redefining the passenger experience. Small Lie is a monumental art piece. Our operations team had to dismantle the airport façade at concourse D to handle the crates and we worked on the technical installation for several weeks.”
Presenting his artwork, Donnelly said, “I hope Small Lie can transport passengers into another realm. The inspiration behind Small Lie comes from my relationship to wooden toys growing up and the warm sensation of wood grain. Expanding on this, I created an oversize sculpture that plays with an emotional tension of strength and kindness.
“It is the first time that one of my pieces is exhibited in an airport, the space allows a dialog with both travelers and the other artworks showcased at Hamad airport. It is a perfect space for Small Lie.”