Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council, His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, on Tuesday, disclosed the Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 Monument. The 36.5-metre high sculpture is motivated by an ancient scroll design that represented the lasting power of books and how reading can unite people. The structure is developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and authorized by the internationally acclaimed UK-based artist, Gerry Judah.
The true spiral is made of 72 tonnes of steel with 240 tonnes of concrete foundation directly below a 4-metre base. The shape of the spiral is just like a torch, the monument underlines Sharjah’s continuing endeavours to encourage reading and highlighting the crucial role of books in intelligence and enlightenment.
The monument celebrates Sharjah’s landmark cultural achievement as the first city in the Gulf Region and the third city in the Arab world to be given the World Book Capital title by the UNESCO.
His Highness, the Sharjah Ruler also unveiled the ‘House of Wisdom’ project. Due for a public opening in 2020, the iconic library and cultural centre would be the latest addition to Sharjah’s many public offerings where books and knowledge can be openly accessed by people of all age groups irrespective of their nationalities.
This structure has been developed by award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster and Partners; this project has Sharjah’s aspiring cultural vision at heart. Extending over 12,000 square meters, it is located near the Sharjah International Airport road and the University City of Sharjah. The building is going to have a simple design, modern architecture and interactive facilities.
The emirate looks forward to promoting its social and cultural legacy internationally and become a city that devotes to building capable generations, empowering them with education and knowledge-based tools for bringing in more positive change.