The Constellation: The Founder’s Memorial, Abu Dhabi

Posted on October 25th, 2020

Lighting solutions provider DPA Lighting

Established in 1958 by Derek Phillips, early commissions for DPA included The Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong, Westminster Abbey and the original P&O Cruise Liner, The Oriana.

The Constellation project, completed in 2018, is perhaps their most iconic; a monumental public artwork that forms the centrepiece of The Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi.

This permanent installation is a tribute to the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The artwork was conceptualised and designed by artist Ralph Helmick, whose practice explores human perception through large-scale public sculptures and installations that invite optical discovery.

As Alex has been a UAE resident for more than 15 years, who has founded his own company here, he was thrilled to receive the invite to photograph this seminal work.