Byasateer GHAF TREE is a native plant from the Arabian Peninsula and was declared national UAE tree in 2008.
In fact, it is part of the Emirati culture and is the perfect example of resilience, thanks to its ability to withstand to the extreme conditions of the desert.
It is also an indicator and source of life: it shows the presence of underground water, while its flowers, fruits, leaves, bark, branches and roots are resources and habitats for a great variety of native fauna and flora.
Therefore, the shape of the gift is the abstraction of the tree. It was designed by the talented Matteo Silverio.
The gift has been developed horizontally and asymmetrically to give it a strong tension.
This represents the concept of resilience: like the real tree, it hangs in the balance, and it seems to be about to fall, but this does not happen thanks to its strong roots.
The base - trunk - which keep everything in equilibrium is made of recycled ghaf wood, which makes the gift really precious, while the hanging part - green foliage - is made of real Murano glass.
Both materials will be shaped thanks to the skilled hands in UAE and Italy.
The choice of using artisans to produce this gift is not accidental. First, craftsmanship and its know-how represent one of the most important "intangible heritage" of every culture.
Therefore, each object they produce is imbued of history and local traditions. The collaboration between Emirati studio ASATEER and Silverio and Murano artisans gives the work an international breath: wood and glass become the symbol of an embrace between cultures.
The gifts was crafted and produced in ASATEER Studio in Ras AlKhaimah and Nicola moretti in Murano island in Italy with the supervision of Samer Yamani the Director of design and Craft In Expo 2020 Dubai.
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