I’ll Race You

Pascal Hachem

Curated by Costantino D’Orazio as part of the show “Hopes and Doubts,” this piece was inspired by the erasure of Beirut’s architectural patrimony by reckless post-Civil War development. Set within a corn kernel-shaped concrete husk that is the last residue of modernist architecture in reconstructed downtown Beirut, Hachem’s work is comprised of a row of six hammers affixed to a single electric motor that draws them back, one by one, to strike the concrete wall of the derelict space. The space is, for the present, still standing.

Date: 2008
Location: City Centre Cinema
Medium: Installation
Material: N/A
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Public sculpture
Authorizations: N/A
Commissioner: Costantino D'Orazio