Ellington Properties has commissioned Dubai-based artist Neel Shukla to create a bespoke masterpiece for its award-winning residential development, DT1 in Downtown Dubai.

Gracing the reception lobby of DT1, the distinctive sculpture named ‘The Levitate,’ represents global cultures and a celebration of Dubai’s local culture that has become part of the social fabric and transformed the city into a true metropolis. The contemporary design of the centrepiece complements DT1’s luxurious interior design and adds to its exceptional lifestyle experience.

The collaboration with artist Neel Shukla is part of Ellington Art Foundation’s programme, established in 2015, to showcase the talents and works of regional artists and photographers across its residential projects. From appointing spaces as an avenue for art display to bringing together aspiring and recognised artists to display their art pieces that reflect local culture and artistry, Ellington Art Foundation is dedicated to promoting the UAE’s contemporary art scene and strengthening Dubai’s position as an international destination of culture.

Robert Booth, Managing Director, Ellington Properties, said: “Through our partnership with Neel Shukla, we aim to bring a truly immersive and inspiring work of art that inspires DT1 residents and visitors. As a design-led developer, we differentiate our developments, especially by incorporating art as an essential part of our lifestyle environments. Through the work of Ellington Art Foundation, we are further empowering the UAE’s art community by engaging local aspiring and emerging artists. Home to over 200 nationalities, Dubai’s amazing cultural diversity is reflected in Neel Shukla’s sculpture that will delight all.”

Neel Shukla, Artist & Founder of Four Gallery in Dubai Design District, said: “It gives me great satisfaction and honour to be part of the DT1 project. I feel extremely fortunate to be associated with such a prestigious development and an incredibly distinguished incentive to promote local artists and talent. My inspiration for this piece is truly a reflection of the foundation’s very same concept of supporting talent and diversity within our medley of cultures and distinct expression. Art is timeless and boundless, and it will continue to bridge societies and generations if we do our share to encourage it.”