The Arches of Oman is a new large scale, public water sculpture project from Giles Rayner that was three and a half years in the making. From initial concept to the final build phase, it required a large multi-functional, trans-national team of skilled design engineers, structural engineers, steel fabricators and hydro specialists, under the direction of Giles’ Commission Director Julian Glyn-Owen. This is truly a unique water sculpture now installed in beautiful gardens adjacent to the Royal Opera House, Muscat. The timeline below describes some of the actitivies of the project.

أرتشيس أوف أومان (مشاريع النحت المقوسة في عمان) هو مشروع نحت مثير للإعجاب بشكل كبير، واستغرق العمل فيه ثلاث سنوات ونصف. تطلب المشروع منذ المفهوم الأول إلى مرحلة التنفيذ النهائية فريق كبير متعدد الوظائف من مهندسي التصميم المهرة ومهندسي الهيكل ومصنعي الصلب وخبراء المياه، وذلك كله تحت إشراف مدير مشروع جايلز السيد/ جوليان جلين-أوين. هذا هو حقا عملي نحتي مع المياه فريد من نوعه مثبت في الحدائق الجميلة المجاورة لدار الأوبرا الملكية في مسقط.

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The Arches of Oman is a new large scale, public water sculpture project from Giles Rayner that was three and a half years in the making. From initial concept to the final build phase, it required a large multi-functional, trans-national team of skilled design engineers, structural engineers, steel fabricators and hydro specialists, under the direction of Giles’ Commission Director Julian Glyn-Owen. This is truly a unique water sculpture now installed in beautiful gardens adjacent to the Royal Opera House, Muscat. The timeline below describes some of the actitivies of the project.

أرتشيس أوف أومان (مشاريع النحت المقوسة في عمان) هو مشروع نحت مثير للإعجاب بشكل كبير، واستغرق العمل فيه ثلاث سنوات ونصف. تطلب المشروع منذ المفهوم الأول إلى مرحلة التنفيذ النهائية فريق كبير متعدد الوظائف من مهندسي التصميم المهرة ومهندسي الهيكل ومصنعي الصلب وخبراء المياه، وذلك كله تحت إشراف مدير مشروع جايلز السيد/ جوليان جلين-أوين. هذا هو حقا عملي نحتي مع المياه فريد من نوعه مثبت في الحدائق الجميلة المجاورة لدار الأوبرا الملكية في مسقط.

September 2013

Giles Rayner, Artist, meets with Head of Muscat Municipality to discuss a commission outside The Royal Opera House

June 2014

Arches sculpture is selected from concepts and discussions begin on commissioning the project

قصة

Story

Whilst exploring the many aspects of Oman, Giles was struck by how well the modern architecture fits in harmony with the more traditional past. The people are so noble and welcoming and they embrace you with their enduring culture. This is a captivating place of clean imaginative style, enchanting history and warm dignity, all set in a backdrop of a stunning landscape.

Giles found himself particularly inspired by two new buildings, the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the majestic Royal Opera House. The design of Arches is Giles’ aim to extend this beauty to the location in the gardens, retaining the qualities of simplicity and elegance of the Royal Opera House, but at the same time providing a significant stand-alone feature.

Water and sculpture complement each other, and when combined with strong sunlight the result is sensational. Sunlight, so often lacking in the northern climates, is an ingredient for which an artist yearns, especially when working with materials such as stainless steel. The Sultanate of Oman has these qualities in abundance so Giles was delighted by the possibility, as an artist, of creating a water sculpture in this beautiful country.

موقع

Location

Understanding the landscape and external environment is fundamental to Giles’ design philosophy. His resulting sculptures are created to enhance the landscape without dominating, complementing whilst enriching. Giles has always maintained a string passion for the outdoors and for natural beauty and these influences can be seen in his work.

Giles Rayner’s water sculptures always have a sense of place, they are designed to integrate into the locations in which they’re situated. The Arches of Oman project is no different. It is situated perfectly in 5 acres of purposefully landscaped gardens, directly outside the stunning Royal Opera House Muscat as determined by the Omani Commission. The sculpture’s position is specifically to be enjoyed from the balcony of the Opera House.

The Arches sculpture project is scheduled to be complete late summer 2017 and can already be viewed by hundreds of thousands of people who are passing through the main city along Sultan Qaboos Highway or 18 November Street.

August 2014

Muscat Municipality adjusts design of gardens using Parsons International Landscape Architects, to suit the Arches sculpture.

October 2014

Giles and Julian Glyn-Owen begin detailing an contractual agreement for the project

September 2015

Commission is placed on Giles Rayner for the Arches sculpture by Muscat Municipality via Charles Kendall & Partners.

November 2015

Full scale 40ft high water test rig built in Gravesend to test all 77 nozzles, three 12Kw water pumps and associated manifolds designs. Design's inform all sub-terrainian plant room design with 80 hoses running 40m to beneath the sculpture.

إبداع

Creativity

Water is at the heart of Giles’ sculptures. He harnesses its energy, beauty an intrigue and uses it to empower his sculptures. Giles deploys a number of ways to divine its potential, through converging jets, powerful vortices, surface tension, kinetics and natural gravity.

To introduce movement, Giles designed the sculpture to provide the viewer with a different pattern of arches from every direction. He was also inspired by the music played within the Royal Opera House - music produced by many-stringed instruments. The jets of sparkling water which join, like a herringbone, in a crescendo cascade at the centre, may be interpreted as the melding of the stringed instruments into one glorious melody. The water effects are symbolic of these musical instruments and further highlight the homage which the sculpture owes to the Royal Opera House Muscat.

Many settings involve a backdrop of distinctive architecture, modern and traditional. Sensitivity is required not only to design a sculpture that will fit into the space as a permanent addition, but that must also stand the test of time. Defining the correct scale of the piece is important so that the final design is neither over-domineering nor lost within its setting.

هندسة

Engineering

Art meets Maths – many of Giles’ designs require mathematical precision for both the sculpture and water flow, enhancing the aesthetics and creating a wonderful energy. The geometric form that encompasses much of Giles’ works has its roots in both nature and architecture.

Engineering and Materials – The Arches of Oman currently is the largest sculpture designed by Giles so far. This 12m / 40ft water arch has a complexity and scale which is matched by the engineering skills and technology needed to realise such a large project. Weighing 15 tons, it has required Giles to have a team of people supporting him, including experts in 3D modelling, structural engineering and state-of-the-art metal fabricators.

The sculpture requires great strength and long-term durability, hence the grade of stainless steel known as ‘duplex’ is used. This material not only yields incredible structural integrity and hardness, but also the greatest resistance to any corrosion by salt and sandstorms.

February 2016

10mm Duplex (2205) steel is delivered by Outo Kumpu, inspected and pre-polished in Birmingham.

April 2016

Flat profile's of the exact form of the sculpture's surfaces developed by Generative Parametrics are used to cut 10mm Duplex plate to exacting form.

تقديم المهمة

Installation

An interview with Giles Rayner and Julian Glyn-Owen filmed during the installation phase of the Arches of Oman commission. Here they discuss the inspiration for the magnificent water sculpture located in the gardens of the Royal Opera House Muscat and the issues they are tackling in developing a sculpture on this scale and installing it in its final location.

May 2016

Flat profiles are placed into 11.0m length jigs and mechanically formed into curves, full penetration welding begins. Installation of water display and water filtration systems begin in plant room.

July 2016

First of two tusks is completed, 46m of edge welding is complete. The Apex jig is completed.

August 2016

Second tusk is completed, work commences on the Apex of the sculpture.

October 2016

Polishing all surfaces to 320 grit finish commences, totalling 230hours of polishing, including 106m of radii on all edges.

November 2016

Designs for the assembly and orientation framework jig are developed and fabrication commences. 200 (?) metres of 150x150mm mild steel box section is used to build this framework.

January 2017

Entire project is moved from WEC Group, Darwen to MTL for final trial assembly. All 67 sections are fitted to the AOJ to complete the jig. Apex is aligned to tusks in correct orientation.

April 2017

Project reaches 8,500 man hours. Two 12.0m x 3.7m x 3.0m shipping jigs are purpose built to ship tusks to Muscat. Disassembly begins and loading of four 40ft long vehicles for delivery to Southampton shipping docks.

May 2017

Sohar Port, Oman, receives 20.8 tonne consignment and is cleared by Royal Omani Police for 270km road haulage to Muscat.

June 2017

Assembly of the sculpture outside The Royal Opera House, Muscat, takes 22 days through the Holy month of Ramadan and continues through Eid. A nine man team from Truck Oman, using four 60 Tonne cranes, one Liebherr 220tonne crane a fork lift and a good fridge.

August 2017

Installation of 1,100m of hoses through the structure, x 34 bespoke manufactured underwater lights are installed.