EAST-WEST / WEST-EAST by Richard Serra

EAST-WEST / WEST-EAST by Richard Serra

EAST-WEST / WEST-EAST by Richard Serra
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar19,225 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
A four big iron sticks in the middle of the desert. Those sculptures are made by Richard Serra. To him, the content of the work derives from interaction with the viewer, meaning he always has pedestrians in mind. He acknowledges that he can't predetermine what people will make of it.
Very short visit.
Written June 22, 2021
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Orit Mimoun
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A beautiful public art sculpture in the middle of nowhere…. Qatar is not just luxury malls, it’s an Art center with beautiful museums and public art.
This particular series of sculptures are located about an hour from Doha, and it’s certainly worth the drive…. It’s very unique and in a personal level to me it meant that Qatar is all the way in the East and while aspiring to get to the West they say not so fast…. Qatar is not Dubai!!! It’s an elevated experience and if you stop here stay for few days to explore the city and the countryside… we had a fantastic time
Written March 21, 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We decided to do a day trip out here on a whim and enjoyed the setting and thought the steel plates were kind of fun too. It is best to go in the winter and you would want to have a vehicle that sits up high like a truck or SUV. The route getting there directly from Doha or Zekreet is easy to navigate with Waze or if you have a good 4x4. It is mostly flat out here but there are some rocky areas and a big curb to get on/off the main gravel road. We saw a couple of sedans trying to drive to the steel plates but we think they turned back because it is quite bumpy on the approach from Zekreet village. We had an SUV with 2 wheel drive and had no issues making it to the installation and we spent about half an hour here driving around.

It takes about an hour to get here from Doha and we spent about an hour in the area driving around and checking out the area. The white rock cliffs are nearby and aren't too difficult of a climb if you're looking for a different viewpoint. It is best to go here in the winter and it should be noted that there are no toilets in the area but you will be about a 15 to 30 minute drive from something.
Written January 13, 2024
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htodd389911
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
It's obvious from the title, but the installation/sculpture lies on an East/West axis. So going when the set is either rising or setting is the best. The scale and setting are magnificent. It's so amazing, like nothing else I have ever seen. This has to be one of the most amazing sculpture installations anywhere.

There is something about this that really connects with Qatar, the desert, and the whole Arabian experience.

Just a suggestion; get picked up or dropped off at the "Mall of Qatar". It will save you some time in traffic. I'd much rather be speeding along underground in a spacious, and spotless subway than dealing with traffic. The installation is way outside of Doha, but if you use the subway you should be able to fit this into your schedule.

NOT TO BE MISSED!
Written December 17, 2023
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Chris W
Doha, Qatar116 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Firstly, these are very impressive structures in the middle of the desert, quite hard to find and a sturdy off-roader is required. Despite this, this installation is obviously not meant to be seen as we were constantly harassed by security. They came to say wear masks (apart from security I think we must have been the only people for 5km in either direction) and not to play with the sculptures (they are metal plates?) Impressive structures, just not for the public to see.
Written June 20, 2021
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RicardinhoMorais
Rio de Janeiro, RJ362 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
It was an amazing experience going on this desert.

What I advise you is to go on a group at least with two cars. Imagine you are on one car only and it breaks, you are in the middle of desert.

It is really a wonderful experience to see the mushroom rock formations.

Without navigation you be in a trouble, so also go with mobile signal and charger.

The area is mess on traffic/direction signals.
Written January 25, 2020
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BKforever
Doha, Qatar562 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We went there with a groups of people, driving all the way for almost 2 hours from Doha. To be honest, nothing impressive us just a 4 big giant brick stick in the sand.
If you have nothing to do then why not.
But definitely I will not go there again
Written March 19, 2020
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Janet
Doha, Qatar211 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Approximately a one hour drive from Doha. Roads can be rough. Essentially, this art installation is a collection of steel monoliths in the desert. Not spectacular. No amenities nearby.
Written January 10, 2024
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
One of the reasons we chose Qatar as a destination on a recent round-the-world trip was to see two sculptures by Richard Serra, a man whose work I greatly admire. The first, "7," stands near Doha's Souq Waqif in an easily accessible area. But "East-West/West-East" looms on the Zehreet Peninsula's Brouq Nature Reserve in the middle of a barren desert, about a 1.5-hour drive west of Doha.

We hired a car and driver, arranged by our hotel, to get there and were glad that we did so. The driver obviously knew where to go once we left the main highway and entered a desert crisscrossed by tracks with nothing clearly signposted. We continued for about 3 miles and eventually reached the sculpture, which has no road leading to it.

The art installation features four monolithic steel plates, two rising 48 feet, 3 inches, and two towering at 56 feet, 10 inches. They are all 5 inches thick and 13 inches wide. These components extend east/west in a straight line for about one-half mile. They appear in an empty corridor between limestone cliffs. I thought the location worked well and that the work now defines the area.

We left our vehicle to look closely at the monoliths, sometimes fighting to proceed against a strong wind. The originally gray steel has oxidized to brown and a dark amber. I was disappointed to see that even in this remote place, graffiti scratched the lower surfaces; but the defacement remains invisible from afar. During our 30-minute stay, we saw no other visitors. But we spied many white oryx and ostriches after driving further into the reserve.

I suggest an off-the-road vehicle and a GPS for art enthusiasts, who want to visit the sculpture independently.
Written January 27, 2020
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werner867
Niedernhausen, Germany84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We had heard about this monument from a friend and were really thrilled to see it. Right in the nowhere in the desert there are four 14,7 m to 16,7 m high iron plates, a bit rusty,10 cm thick, set up in line in a total distance of 1 km. There is no sense to do it, but it is unusual art in a special atmosphere. There is no sign to find the place, you have to rely on the skills of th driver. For us a highlight of a Qatar vit.
Written December 26, 2019
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