Camel sculptures grace Downtown Dubai

The Arabian “ship of the desert” is taking centre-stage in Downtown Dubai, with Donald Greig’s new life-size sculpture entitled Camels.

Featuring  an adult camel, its calf, and another animal resting, Camels is the latest statue in the Downtown area.

 Created in clay over a steel and polystyrene armature, Camels was moulded into silicone, and casted into wax. After dipping each sculpture into 15 layers of ceramic, they were then topped off with molten bronze.

In all, Greig spent eight months to create the original sculpture, and four months for the foundry to be cast in bronze. The models were then treated with various chemicals and heated to create subtle hues of bronze.

 Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director, Emaar Properties, said: “The gracious and majestic Arabian camel is a reminder of our past and a cue of how significantly the city has evolved. Donald Greig’s Camels is a seamless fit into Downtown Dubai’s collection of sculptures and artworks from around the world by accomplished artists.”

Greig added: “I look forward to viewing Camels in the heart of this magnificent city, which, in my mind, is home to some of the world’s greatest engineering and architectural feats of the 21st century.”

Educated at Michaelhouse College in Natal, South Africa, Greig holds a degree in Gemmology from the Gemmological Institute of America. An avid wildlife enthusiast, Greig is one of Africa’s most prolific sculptors and takes pride in producing works that are true to proportion, with attention to detail.