A Retroactive Monument for a Chimerical City

Tony Chakar

A Retroactive Monument for a Chimerical City is a ready-made statue of a Grecian-robed woman, painted in gold, and placed on a red carpet and surrounded with red velvet-covered benches. The scene created was intended as a satirical comment on the pervasive public recollection of Beirut’s “golden age” in the 1960s. The rented sculpture was vandalised by a man who judged it as too provocative to be situated facing the mosque, as the bacchant was showing a woman’s body. It was taken down into pieces.

Date: 1999
Location: Corniche El Manara
Medium: Sculpture
Material: Ready-made
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Site-specific intervention Public sculpture
Framework: The Corniche Project
Authorizations: Municipality of Beirut
Commissioner: Ashkal Alwan