Water Trees on the Arabian Gulf Coast
Many times I’ve thought I was at a high point in reaching my design ambitions only to realize that I’m fortunate and those times keep coming. Arriving in Dubai just as it was beginning to reveal what it would become blew my mind. Seeing it emerge from the sand with vision and commitment formed me into the maker I am now. Being immersed in their culture and experiencing that degree of hospitality helps me be the man I aim to be. Wild how chasing one’s design ambitions can impact who you are.
The time in the UAE brought many projects that I am proud of. A few are recorded in the World’s Records lists that are prized there. A few remain in my top favorites list. You can read more about those within other posts on this blog: Ed Manner’s Blogs.
Rewarding professional friendships were forged with the teams at the Dubai Marina. When I first toured the beginning of the construction site in was otherworldly, to put it mildly. Seeing it emerge and be completed felt like watching science fiction. The Palm was in sight off the coast and the completed Burj Khalifa next door reminded me that almost anything was possible there. After completion, I was asked to create a piece that directly connected with the Marina’s waters and shifted the place temporarily to add vibrancy during the festive season. I pulled together a team of makers from France to handle the grittiest details, build the piece, and ultimately install it. We ended up creating something that had never been attempted before with the existing fountain-works technology. We nailed it. And created a 30’ conical fountain that was wildly successful for the client.
POST WRITTEN BY ED MANNER • JUNE, 2014