World-renowned artist Refik Anadol has revealed an extraordinary digital artwork at Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport, providing a vibrant welcome to visitors attending COP28. This groundbreaking AI Data Sculpture, titled ‘Data Portal: Nature,’ stands as the world’s longest artificial intelligence art content. Anadol collaborated with Dubai Airports and JCDecaux, offering arriving passengers a unique experience inspired by over 400 million publicly available nature-related images, showcasing water, coral, and flora.
Describing it as a “data painting,” Anadol highlighted the futuristic and positive vibes of the artwork, aligning seamlessly with Dubai’s innovative spirit. The masterpiece, displayed on state-of-the-art giant screens in Terminal 1 Arrivals, engages viewers in four chapters, emphasizing the fragility of nature.
Anadol expressed his enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing his belief that art should be accessible everywhere. The collaboration aimed to go beyond traditional art spaces, reaching airports to provide a captivating experience for all. Alison Macdonald, Vice President of Commercial Concession Management at Dubai Airports, underscored the commitment to innovation and creating immersive experiences for travelers.
Timed to coincide with COP28, the artwork serves as a message to the world. Macdonald noted the opportunity to engage the 65,000 international delegates passing through the airport, encouraging reflection and fostering positive, sustainable actions.
Refik Anadol, attending COP28, shared his positive experience, praising the unique atmosphere of constructive discussions and collaboration in Dubai. He highlighted the city’s magic in fostering connections and problem-solving without negativity.
As an extension of the project, a similar artwork by Refik Anadol graces Expo City in the Al Wasl dome throughout COP28, creating a beautiful display of millions of images every night.