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Cool factor: Along with
providing shade, the
museum's roof creates
7,850 sunbeams that track
across the courtyard daily.
That cultural oasis shimmering in the Persian Gulf is no mirage: After five years of delays, the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum opens on November 11.
With a permanent collection that ranges from a Bronze Age Bactrian princess sculpture to twenty-first-century pieces from artists such as Cy
Twombly and loans from 13 French museums, it's the first of its kind in the Arab world. The museum's biggest showpiece might be itself: a collection of 55 whitewashed buildings built in dry dock on site, then flooded to appear like a floating medina on the sea. Even its roof is a work of art,
with eight layers of metalwork meticulously arranged to create a "rain" of sunlight and geometric patterns on walkways and exterior walls - an
effect amplified by mirrors on the branches of Italian artist Giuseppe Penone's 52-foot-tall bronze tree, Leaves of Light. louvreabudhabi.ae.
PASSPORT IS REPORTED BY: Kirk Reed Forrester, Michael Frank, Elaine Glusac, Fran Golden, Jeff Koehler, and Celeste Moure
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