Dubai (2011)

In this piece, Sky of Dubai, I shot video from a helicopter to better show the scale and scope of this skyscraper and crane-filled city—and to include the sand and water that surround it.

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  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Monday Jul 18th, 2011
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  • Work Credits:
    • Anne Spalter, primary creator
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Artist Statement

ABOUT THE SERIES: From Las Vegas to Dubai These digital video paintings are based on footage I shot in March of this year in the desert cities of Las Vegas and Dubai. Both places spoke to my obsession with modern landscape and each provided compellingly unique visual detail to work with. Both cities were constructed and emerged suddenly from a desert. Each was designed with clear goals for commerce, entertainment, and lifestyle. No expense was spared in the hyper-luxurious Disney-like hotel and casino creations in Las Vegas, and, likewise, a vast fortune has been spent constructing Dubai with its iconic buildings such as the Burj Al Arab and the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. Whereas the cities of the East Coast and most of Europe have evolved over hundreds of years, these two are relatively recent, with Dubai, a city of almost two million people, being built in a mere 40 years.

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