Public Bench

Ramzi Alieh

Growing up in Beirut, I’ve seen these blocks of cement endlessly narrow down streets and alienate public spaces. While official reasons vary between security concerns and managing traffic, these barriers are nothing more than a reminder of the easy answer policies of the current Lebanese political class, inspired by its militarized neighborhood origins. This then leaves one part of Beirut unaccounted for, its inhabitants.

Date: 2016
Location: Downtown Beirut
Medium: Urban furniture
Material: Steel
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Public sculpture
Authorizations: N/A
Commissioner: Artist-led initiative