Al Gaheef

Al Gaheef is one of the most famous girls games in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf. It is a popular playground game in which players toss a small object into numbered rectangles or squares outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object and reach the last numbered square. ‎


This installation is designed to capture the game in its dynamic motion. First is the moment of tossing the small object in air, the other is the moment the girl hop or jump into the square.

The structure is composed of a pattern of squares and from it hangs stones and poufs with transparent strings to give the illusion of floating. The stone represents the Gahf and the pouf wrapped in a traditional pattern fabric represents the female players hoping into the different squares.