SpY - Festival Noor Riyadh

Client SpY - 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 SpY, 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, 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 SpY, but also the monitoring of artworks production and installation, their monitoring during the festival and their dismantling, as well as supplier research during the festival for 82 of these monumental artworks in the public space.

SpY, Earth, 2021

Earth, or “tierra” in Spanish, is a huge luminous sphere that emits light in a deeply intense hue of red. Installed in front of the King Fahad National Library, it dialogues with the existing square and iconic architecture. Caged within a metal structure built with scaffolding poles, the piece stands almost 25m high. Through the careful and deliberate design of the arresting piece’s form, color, and luminosity, SpY directs attention to humanity’s role in the planet’s cycles and changes. Spectators are invited to move around the installation so they can experience it both from afar and close up, and become actively engaged in the multidimensional experience. Earth was first installed in one of Madrid’s main squares in 2021 and became immensely popular, both in Spain and as a viral phenomenon.

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