Art with meaning… 

Kite Beach has just enjoyed a splash of colour thanks to a new mural that was revealed today on March 18.

The mural is a special collaboration between two well-known Dubai street artists, Abdulla Lutfi and Maddy Butcher, in partnership with Converse. It joins a global campaign embraced by over 30 countries and titled the Converse Create Next project, which was first launched in August 2019.

Now, this campaign isn’t just about creating pretty murals – it serves as a platform that Converse uses to celebrate inclusivity, while highlighting the importance of local creatives.

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The first layer of this special art piece is the creation of Abdulla, or AL as he is more commonly known. An artist of determination from the Emirates, AL designed the monochromatic cityscape using his trademark marker pens, illustrating the iconic UAE buildings entirely from memory.

It was then expanded on by Dubai-based street artist Maddy Butcher who collaborated with AL to transform his original piece for the Converse Create Next project. Maddy added in colour to champion the diversity of Dubai, and the UAE as a whole, by depicting different nationalities and ethnicities.

‘A lot of my paintings feature what I call ‘fluid positivity’, which fits the theme of Converse Create Next project. With vivid patterns and bold lines, the pieces do not fade into the background,’ explains Maddy. ‘I think that vibrancy is a good reflection of the city and the amazing creative talent we have. As we collaborate more and reach across cultural divides, we can unlock even more creativity across Dubai,’ she added.

The mural will remain on Kite Beach for the next three months, and is located near the main cluster of food trucks.

For more information, check out @converseuae.

Images: Supplied