Yas Bay Waterfront unveils two new fascinating works by KAWS and Takashi Murakami

Adding to its growing collection of larger-than-life art installations

Calling all art aficionados! Yas Bay Waterfront, Abu Dhabi’s leading waterfront destination, has today unveiled two new art installations, ‘Flower Parent and Child’ and ‘Final Days’. Growing its remarkable collection of larger-than-life works of art, the destination is now home to over 12 fascinating installations including vibrant murals and intriguing sculptures.

Created by Takashi Murakami, one of the most visible and renowned Japanese contemporary artists working today, the stunning golden sculpture, “Flower Parent and Child” stands 10 meters tall on the Yas Bay Waterfront promenade and features Murakami’s dazzling golden-leaf work to convey “energy” and “hope” for the future. The impressive sculpture is one of Murakami’s largest artworks to date. With all its sides decorated with flower motifs, the sculpture projects diverse expressions of hope depending on the viewing angle.

Guests walking through the lobby to the promenade will now also be welcomed by a familiar looking character. “Final Days” was designed by Brian Donnelly, an American artist and designer, known professionally as KAWS. His work can be characterised by an emphasis on colour and line, distinctive graphics, such as the repeated use of x’s on the hands, nose, eyes, ears, and the appropriation of pop culture icons such as Mickey Mouse and Snoopy to name a few. In his Yas Bay Waterfront installation, Kaws’ sculpture features crossed-out eyes, bones imitating hair and ears, distorted mouth and impeccable fabrication.

Home to an awe-inspiring art collection, Yas Bay Waterfront brings together masterworks from some of the world’s most renowned artists including CoolRainLabo that crafted the popular Astrocat installations located across the destination’s waterfront plaza. Guests can also view the creations of Fatspatrol, the artist behind the giant mural ‘The Humans’ featured on White Abu Dhabi, as well as Supakitch, MonkeyBird and Beastman, responsible for converting substations around Yas Bay into a canvas for their powerful murals.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of art or not, head to Yas Bay Waterfront to see the two new residents in person. Guests are encouraged to snap a photo with the iconic pieces and tag Yas Bay Waterfront @yasbayuae for a chance to be featured on their social media pages.

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