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The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent tribute to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has been unveiled in a grand ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

An art installation called “The Constellation” forms the centrepiece of the memorial. The design by public artist Ralph Helmick comprises 1,300 geometric shapes and 1,000 cables, which create a three-dimensional portrait of the late leader.

At night, these shapes will shine like stars, evoking the timelessness of Sheikh Zayed’s vision as a guiding light for the UAE people.

Here’s what the art installation looks like:

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The unveiling ceremony was attended by members of the UAE’s royal families, ministers, dignitaries, and VIPS.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, said: “Zayed’s legacy will have a never-ending source of wisdom from which future generations draw inspiration as well as lessons of patriotism and dedication.

“The Founder’s Memorial will continue to testify to the achievements of the founding leader and the sacrifices he made. His legacy is filled with stories of loyalty to the homeland, and it places a responsibility on us and on future generations to safeguard the gains, and build on the success stories so that our homeland remains a symbol of dignity and development.”

The Founder’s Memorial, located at the intersection of 1st and 2nd street along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, will officially open to the public in spring.

It has been described as a place of gathering for the UAE community to explore, contemplate and find moments of pause, while enabling international audiences to learn more about Sheikh Zayed; the man and the leader.

The site will consist of 3.3 hectares of public space for walking and quiet reflection.

Landscaped areas will be planted with trees and shrubs indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula, and there will be an elevated walkway offering views of The Constellation, the Corniche and the Abu Dhabi skyline.

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