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25 Artists, 5000 Hours

Deger (Dugong)

The design

Deger (Dugong)
from the original vinyl cut print of the same name

“Dugongs, also referred to as sea cows, are large underwater mammals that graze on sea grasses day and night, rooting for them with their bristled, sensitive snouts and chomping them with their rough lips. They are capable of staying underwater for up to six minutes before surfacing, sometimes standing on their tail with their heads above the water. Dugongs spend much of their life alone or in pairs, though they are sometimes seen gathered in large herds”
- Daniel O’Shane
Born 1990, Cairns
Kuku Yalanji (Mossman-Cooktown) - Father
Kulkagal (Central Torres Strait) - Father
Miriam Mer (Eastern Torres Strait) - Mother

About the artists

This magnificent artwork was created in Hatay, Turkey by 25 highly skilled Syrian artists who were forced to flee Syria.

Each of these artists is employed by Orient for Human Relief, a foundation started by Crystalbrook Collection owner, Ghassan Aboud.

The artists:

  • Ahmed Alido
  • Mohammed Alido
  • Muhammed Albayush
  • Mudar Zatut
  • Mutaz Zatut
  • Omar Alosman
  • Jamal Alhuseyni
  • Mahmut Alhasan
  • Osman Alhasan
  • Wael Aldani
  • Ahmed Alagil
  • Mustafa Aldani
  • Ahmed Shaban
  • Hayyan Burgul
  • Saher Karjeh
  • Ayham Tataa
  • Mahmud Tataa
  • Dibo Tataa
  • Abulkareem Osman
  • Majd Osman
  • Nur Yunus
  • Aref Osman
  • Mustafa Kurunfol
  • Ahmed Albayush
  • Muhammed Turkmani

The creation

This specific form of mosaic has a rich legacy dating back thousands of years, the skill being passed from generation to generation.

Orient for Human Relief is committed to reviving this rare art and gaining global notoriety for the craft.

In addition to reviving the art form, this programme provides an income for many families and helps people with disabilities get back into the workplace.

Dolly the Dugong took 5,000 hours to complete and comprises of six tonnes of marble broken into over 500,000 pieces.

Located at the entrance

Deger © Daniel O’Shane / Licensed by Copyright Agency