Al-Mashoof (Marsh Boat)

Frankston City Public Art



Public sculpture by Ayad Alqaragholli from WA/ Iraq.

Artists interpretation: 'This work is symbolic of how the Australian coast evokes memories of the mashoof reed boats that have navigated the Mesopotomian Marshes of my southern Iraq homeland for years. It represents both the joy of the Iraq people and my new life in Australia.'

Located on the corner of Baxter and Cranbourne Roads, Frankston

  • Materials: Bronze, concrete, stainless steel plate

  • Dimensions: 300 x 380 x 80

About the Artist

Ayad Alqaragholli was born and raised in Ur, South Iraq. Ayad’s interest in the human form was forged early, influenced by ancient figures, symbols of humanity that he saw drawn and carved on cave walls and obelisks of his homeland. Before migrating to Australia in 2005 he had established his career as an artist in the Middle East. He has continued to travel nationally and internationally to exhibit his signature elongated copper and silicon bronze human forms since establishing a new life for himself and his family in Perth. His work has received numerous awards, and is held in museums and corporate and private collections.
His beautiful sculptural forms document the everyday and express his love of humanity, peace, beauty and freedom.

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