Dubai: ‘Win, Victory, & Love’, an installation in American cherry and soft maple woods has been created by respected Emirati designer, Khalid Shafar, in memory of 45 UAE soldiers, who lost their lives in Yemen this September.
According to Shafar, the installation reflects on the recent tragedy the United Arab Emirates experienced for the first time in its military history, where 45 of its soldiers lost their lives during their mission in Yemen. Through this installation, Khalid Shafar aims to pay homage to the fallen Emirati soldiers and also contribute to the documentation of their sacrifice, a process that is already in place by the UAE Government.
Supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Shafar created a total of 45 crafted wooden stools in American cherry and soft maple, set graciously in a site-specific installation. Derived from Shafar’s well-known LITTLE PALM stool, the hardwood stools have been upholstered in an original military uniform textile to inject the soul of the Emirati soldiers in to the work. Inspired by the palm trees of the region, which demonstrate great resilience against the harsh weather of the area, the LITTLE PALM stool is a perfect metaphor for the soldiers of the UAE who lost their lives, but will be remembered forever.
“Taking its name from the famous three-finger salute that was introduced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in February 2013 during the Government Summit in Dubai, ‘Win, Victory, & Love’ is an innovative trademark for work ethic, success and love for the nation. A pure foundation and belief of what those soldiers lost their lives for,” said Khalid Shafar. “This is my second collaboration with AHEC and it has allowed me to work with two wonderful hardwoods on a project that pays tribute to our fallen heroes.”
The installation was first presented at the recent Downtown Design trade fair at Dubai Design District.
“Our involvement with Khalid Shafar and Downtown Design is at the core of what we do to celebrate the potential of American hardwoods. By supporting installations for events, we can be experimental with American hardwood species through exploration of design and craftsmanship. We also want to ignite new thinking and excite designers about new ways to use wood, particularly under-utilised, yet widely-available hardwoods, such as American cherry and soft maple,” said Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Oceania.