Jeddah's Mameluke Lanterns sculpture is a well known site located on a very busy street. From a distance, the lanterns don't look too exciting.
But on closer look, the dust covered lanterns begin to awe as it is revealed that this piece of art is actually made of stained glass.
The 4 bigger-than-life lamps are the creation of Spanish artist, Julio Lafuente, who was originally an architect. Lafuente was one of the more prolific artists who created sculptures for Jeddah, designing more than 30 sculptures in the city.
At night the lanterns are lit from within and look absolutely spectacular. They are dazzling.
The stained glass colors are vibrant and exquisite. The floral designs are very detailed and pleasing to the eye. It's difficult to capture their beauty because of their location on such a busy street.
The above photo gives a perspective of how big the lanterns really are. That's Jess, a friend of mine, raising her arms and standing under one of the lanterns, no where close to being able to reach it.
The Mameluke Lanterns sculpture is probably one of the most beloved and famous landmarks out of the hundreds of pieces of public art in Jeddah.
I'd like to thank my friend Vicki Reynolds for allowing me the use of her splendid photos for this post. She captured their beauty magnificently.
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