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3 designs for Burj Khalifa façade art shortlisted

Concept proposals chosen from over 80 submissions

Dubai: Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, has picked three designs by international artists following the open call for designers to showcase their works on the tower's façade.

The concept proposals by Benjamin Muzzin, Florian Hulleu and Eric Wenger were chosen from over 80 submissions received, via the open call launched in February on Burj Khalifa’s digital and social media platforms.

The submissions were reviewed by a panel, and the preferred designs will now be displayed on the façade of Burj Khalifa for a period of three months.

The Guinness World Record LED illumination on Burj Khalifa façade is today one of the most popular attractions of Dubai.

The preferred designs chosen from the open call will illuminate the tower, further underlining the spirit of global partnerships that Burj Khalifa celebrates.

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Benjamin Muzzin is a Swiss artist working predominantly with digital moving images. Since graduating in 2013 from the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne in Switzerland, he has exhibited work worldwide.

His work focuses on leaving the usual frame of the flat screen. He has already explored different mediums; such as kinetic installations, video mapping and VJing. He also works with the Geneva based company Sigmasix.

His design aims to highlight some of the most beautiful and impressive aspects of Dubai such as The Dubai Fountain, the amazing speed of the city and its wealth of culture, in a very pop way, to deliver a spectacular video.

Born and raised in France, Florian Hulleu is passionate about video graphic design. A graduate of the National Superior School of Paris in Industrial Design, he also holds a Licence Degree from the Engineer High School of Paris in Industrial Development and Creativity.

Currently working as Artistic Designer at Auditoire, he works on project scenography and developing integrated motion design.
 

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The design by Florian chosen by Burj Khalifa is titled "From Black to Life."

The design starts with black and white effects in reflections, geometrics and facetted shapes, transforming Burj Khalifa into an immerse abstract sculpture.

The majestic flight of a falcon gives the animation an impulsive movement. Further, triangular patterns and graphic constructions move into a confetti rain. In the finale, an ultimate firework celebrates the beauty of the building’s design.

Eric Wenger graduated from the National Superior School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD) in Paris where he specialised in computer graphics. He became a multimedia artist and a software creator.

He is also a music composer and has published four albums. For Burj Khalifa, he submitted the "Pattern Dance," which revisits Islamic Arabesque using computer technology. 

Islamic-inspired patterns are animated using software that he created. Vibrant electronic colours merge old traditions with modern ‘techno’ computer esthetics. 

The piece is a progression of ten movements each fading to black or white, with cyclic events spreading colours upwards or downwards within the movements.

At 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), the 200 plus storey Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world.

It also holds the Guinness World Records for the Tallest Building, the Tallest Man-made Structure on Land Ever and Highest Restaurant from Ground Level for At.mosphere.

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