David Spriggs - Festival Noor Riyadh

Client David Spriggs - Royal Commission for Riyadh City - Havas Events
Place Riyadh, Arabie Saoudite
Date 2022

For its second edition, in November 2022, the groundbreaking Noor Riyadh festival of light and contemporary art presents 190 monumental works signed by 130 artists from 40 countries and scattered in 40 emblematic locations throughout the city.

Curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, Dorothy Di Stefano and Jumana Ghouth and adviser Arnaud Morand, Noor Riyadh brings together Saudi and international artists such as David Spriggs, Grimanesa Amorós, Gisela Colón, Douglas Gordon, winner of the Turner Prize, Alicja Kwade, Sabine Marcelis, Muhannad Shono, who represented Saudi Arabia at the Venice Biennale 2022, and French artists Daniel Buren, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Bertrand Lavier.

Entitled "We dream of new horizons", this second edition transforms the city into a dazzling nighttime gallery without walls, welcoming over 2.5 million visitors from international audiences to visitors from all over the globe.

Gathering a dedicated team, Manifesto manages the artist liaison, especially for David Spriggs, but also the monitoring of artworks production and installation, their monitoring during the Festival and their dismantling, as well as supplier research for 82 of these monumental artworks in the public space. 

A commission for Noor Riyadh, Stratachrome black and white (2022) by David Spriggs explores opacity and transparency, vision and blindness, and the contrast between light and darkness. Two large ephemeral installations are presented side by side, with four smaller artworks leading up to them in a colonnade. Just as black and white are at the opposite ends of the color spectrum, half of the room of the installation is painted in black and other half in white, creating a dynamic visual experience through their opposition. Within the interior hang sheets of transparent film on which the artist has painted and drawn different forms. These are placed at specific intervals to give the appearance of three-dimensional forms in a state of suspension. Neither an image nor an object, David Sprigg’s creation of “stratachromes” are a third path: what he calls chromatic resonances existing in three dimensions.

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