Silent Room

Nathalie Harb

The Silent Room is a shed inserted in a dense urban public context accessible to the general public. The space can be experienced individually, for a time span of maximum 30 minutes per person. Individuals are invited to use it not to perform or achieve anything, but just to be. It is stripped bare of all unnecessary distracting elements. The interior is a cocoon-like environment where the visitor becomes aware of the limits of his body, and therefore of his entity, against a warm and protective envelope. It is isolated from outside noise, except for one sound: the hum of the city at its quietest hours.

Date: 2017
Location: Flower market, el Nahr
Medium: Sculpture, Sound, Urban Furniture
Material: N/A
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Public sculpture Site-specific intervention
Framework: Beirut Design Week
Authorizations: Municipality of Beirut
Commissioner: Artist-led initiative