Standing at 321 Metres, the Burj Al Arab is the fourth tallest hotel in the world with it’s 7 star rating constructed in 1997, resembling the sail of a dhow. The Architect Tom Wright said the client wanted an iconic statement for Dubai akin to the Sydney with its Opera House, London with Big Ben and Paris with the Eiffel tower.
Piece #4 of The money collection – ‘$plurge at the Burj’ that was sold before it was even I still have the signed contract at the agreed sum of AED 32,000(U.S $8,709) (25.11.12) which I subsequently cancelled (25.1.2013) when the idea of The Money Collection Project was hatched. Thankfully the buyer was on board with the project on the understand I do a private commission for him in the summer of 2013.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this piece combining the old with the new and here’s what you can expect if you ‘Splurge at the Burj’. Working with matches to symbolise the burning of money that often underpins luxury of the highest order. The old British currency is included to help us keep our feet on the ground and included sixpence pieces from the 1940’s, a half crown and a penny from yesteryear. Notice the open matchbox, empty except for the solitary coin and the yellow acrylic spot linked back to the yellow dollar and the golden tassels draping from the corners of the barely used cushion cover that I was given on 8th January 2011 to celebrate Russian Christmas. More info here about that night!
So what can you expect if you visit the iconic Burj Al Arab?
Let’s hope this original ends up in the right hands – with someone that still has their feet on the ground.
Where was the best place you’ve ever stayed in your life to date and is our happiness really linked to the luxury we experience? Please do share you thought and pop them here in comments where the valet awaits!