One of the most remarkable installations in Doha
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Smoke by Tony Smith, sits at the entrance to the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC). Open and inviting, profound yet serene, the giant geometric components of this 24 foot tall sculpture dominate the space.
Smoke is accessible via car or taxi (Uber is widely used, alternatively Karwa or Careem).
The nearest metro station is DECC.
Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC) in West Bay
Located in a prominent position near Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, Smoke by American artist Tony Smith was built in 1967. It’s a copy of the original installation which was made of painted plywood. Another version of Smoke can be seen in Los Angeles. This sculpture was so well received by the general public and critics back then that it made the cover of Time Magazine the same year.
This striking 24-foot aluminium sculpture comprises many geometric patterns. In all, the assembled piece has five tetrahedrons, triangular pyramids with four triangular faces, six straight edges, and four vertex corners, and 45 octahedrons, three-dimensional shapes having eight plane faces with eight triangular faces. Although the structure is painted black, its surface reflects sunlight and reveals shadows, making the shapes even more conspicuous.
The name Smoke appealed to Smith because of the complex spaces created within the sculpture, in which its logic disappears, like smoke. The sculpture reveals his fascination with geometry and organic shapes such as crystals and honeycombs.
Tony Smith (1912-1980) made more than fifty large-scale sculptures in the final two decades of his life.
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