TAP's Database of Public Art Practices in Lebanon
Our Database of Public Art Practices is an on-going research project archiving public art interventions that have taken place in Lebanon from 1980 to present day.
A Retroactive Monument for a Chimerical City
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.
|Location:||Corniche El Manara|
|Tags:||Site-specific intervention Public sculpture|
|Framework:||The Corniche Project|
|Authorizations:||Municipality of Beirut|