Collection # 2
The theme of this second collection is Culture and Capital(ism) and the cities chosen are New Orleans and Washington DC, both rich in history and culture, and the booming megalopolises of Las Vegas and Dubai. With this theme we asked: how does a capital investment in manufacturing culture impact city form?
Dubai – pop. 1.5 million
A city where man-made islands are fashioned in the shape of palm trees and plans for the world’s first rotating skyscraper are underway – Dubai is Las Vegas on steroids. The city’s erratic, spiraling layout is the combined result of a rich history that dates to at least 3000 BC and the contemporary drive to create and contain the perfect artificial environment.
The Dubai plate is distinguished by the vast blue expanse of the Persian Gulf that is kept at bay by the city’s strange, mesmerizing form, a form that owes its unique patterns to the current, unceasing explosion of commerce and trade. Along the shore is Jebel Ali, the largest manmade harbour in the world. With 67 berths it is the biggest port in the Middle East.
The areas in red depict highlights of the robust architectural development in the city, including the Burj Dubai, which became the world’s largest skyscraper on July 21, 2007. The sprawling Dubai International airport is seen in white along the edge of the plate, its mammoth scale eclipsing the tiny Reagan National airport seen on the Washington DC plate.
These porcelain plates measure 12” across, with each city’s downtown core printed on a black background. Key buildings are represented with red icons, while rivers and public spaces are shown in vivid blue and green. The plates’ designs portray a bold, graphic representation of four distinctly fascinating cities.
• dishwasher safe
• made of porcelain
• boxed with key
• measures 12 inches in diameter