Nizwa, Oman

We stopped over in Nizwa on our way to and from Salalah. We didn’t expect that Nizwa would hold as many secrets as it does. It was once the capital of Oman and the seat of knowledge and culture. Here are some photos from the sites in the area including: Jebel Shams (which we drove to the top of in our Peugeot…maybe not the best idea), Tanuf, Bahla, Jabrin, Hamra, and Misfat al Abreyeen (the Venice of Oman…pictured above). The ruins of old Tanuf is where we camped for two of our nights. It was bombed by the British Royal Airforce in the mid 1950’s at the request of Sultan Qaboos’ father during the Jebel War.


The Falaj is the irrigation system that still runs with flowing water though the ruins of the village. Every village in the region has a functioning Falaj that was engineered centuries ago. It is an integral part of Jebreen Castle as well, weaving its way through the rooms on the ground level. In Misfat al Abreyeen, the Falaj is very intricately engineered, allowing water to be turned on and off to each small agricultural plot all the way down the side of the mountain terrace. But before it leaves the city and flows to the gardens, one of its first uses is for the Wudhu area of the village mosque.


On the way to Jebel Shams…


…some cave dwellings in a small wadi.


At the top of Oman.


Al Hamra


Misfat al Abreyeen


Nizwa


Amazing Omani Dinner!


Bahla


Jibreen Castle. The intricately painted ceilings, the carved door surrounds, and the ornate rugs are framed within the otherwise austere architecture.


“beehive” tombs at Al-Ayn are 5000 years old. There is a great history in this PDF.

Around Town


Power lines as electromagnetic waves


Breakfast talk by the artist Diana Al Hadid. One of the many interesting events around Art Dubai last week.


Some timely art from Tunesia was represented at Art Dubai.


The Pavilion Downtown Dubai. The new cool place to meet and work and have coffee.

North America

NorthAmerica

Alabamapanoramas

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A big thank you to Masdar for supporting LAGI through sponsorship of the first prize award, hosting the winning team in Abu Dhabi, and for presenting the project in such an amazing way to the world.

Mankhool Forest

MankhoolForest
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Omani Weekend

Last night we attended the gala event for the announcement of the Ahlan Best in Dubai awards for 2010. The Land Art Generator Initiative was shortlisted which is just like being nominated at the Academy Awards. You get to attend the final event, but you may not get called to the stage. Also nominated in THREE categories (wow) was The JamJar Gallery.


There we are! OK we didn’t win, but we were up against Emirates Environmental Group and they really accomplish amazing environmental work with clean-ups, recycling programs, educational events, conferences…you name it.


We love The JamJar team! Unlike LAGI, they had a good chance of actually winning (and really should have) for “best gallery”, “best cultural initiative” for the Art Bus, and artinthecity.com for “best website”.

Creek Night

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