Murals created by AUS students will be a “beacon in the desert”

  • Monday 20, May 2019 02:53 PM
  • Murals created by AUS students will be a “beacon in the desert”
Sharjah24: The mountainous Fujairah landscape will soon feature a series of original murals created by students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS), which will be painted onto four cement silos on the site of the JK White Cement plant. The four murals will serve as a “beacon in the midst of the desert,” breaking up the rugged landscape surrounding the site, which is located on the border of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
The murals are the winning entries of a competition initiated by JK White Cement as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program. JK White Cement is the second largest white cement producer in the world, meeting the supply demands of more than 40 countries across the world.

In March this year, architecture and design students from selected universities from across the UAE were invited to submit four original mural designs which would promote the UAE’s cultural heritage with main focus on core values, traditions, and progress made over the years.

The winning designs representing Fujairah’s unique architecture, heritage, natural resources and poetry were created by AUS students Ahmed Geaissa, Leen Jameel, Mark Shehata and Reem Elwazeer. The students worked together to complete the designs, taking full advantage of their multidisciplinary skills of multimedia design, visual communication, architecture and interior design to secure a shared prize of AED 40,000.

The students created their designs under the guidance of visiting lecturer Ahmad Saqfalhait from the Department of Art and Design at CAAD. Saqfalhait said the opportunity to be part of this competition adds long-term value to the students’ educational experience at AUS

The bold monochrome designs will be painted directly onto the exterior walls of the four 50-meter-high cement silos of the Fujairah JK White Cement factory and will be visible to the public from various vantage points across the emirate.

The CAAD students worked together to submit their designs as a group and were selected based on their outstanding performance in their chosen major of study.

Multimedia design student Ahmad Geaissa said, "It’s a privilege to be able to represent CAAD in such a competition. Once complete, the murals will be a permanent mark that not only represents the beauty and heritage of Fujairah but also the quality of work that CAAD students can produce with the right guidance from their professors."

Architecture major Mark Shehata said, “The real impact of this competition is the collaboration between CAAD and JK White Cement that can potentially host architectural and cement-based research. I think that this is a real and positive opportunity for not only the UAE but potentially also the region."

For more information and news stories about the award-winning students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design at American University of Sharjah, visit www.aus.edu/caad.