Saloua Raouda Choucair

These are interlocking modular sculptures comprising components varying in number from three to eleven, made alternatively of wood, aluminum, brass, clay and even fiberglass. Originally called “Emboîtements” (roughly translated as “Nestings”) when she began them in the mid-1960s, they were later renamed “Kasa’id,” or “Poems,” due to Choucair’s interest in the curiously modular structure of Sufi poetry: a given stanza may stand alone, but it can also integrate the complete poem.

Date: 1963
Location: Beirut Downtown, Lebanon
Medium: Sculpture
Material: Stone
Section: Modern
Duration: Permanent
Tags: Public sculpture
Authorizations: Solidere
Commissioner: Artist-led initiative