The seven pillars of wisdom

Marwan Rechmaoui

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom draws its title from the autobiographical account of British soldier T. E. Lawrence. Keeping this historical aspect of deconstruction/reconstruction, Rechmaoui creates an installation of domestic objects – various materials collected from crumbled ruins of a residential building – embedded in a concrete pillar; a basic structural element in urban architecture. Flowers, pillows, among other decorative items reflect the burden of time as it transforms society and the individual from the colonial to the post-colonial, and the modern to the post-modern.

Date: 2016
Location: Sanayeh Garden
Medium: Installation, Sculpture
Material: Concrete, mixed media
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Displayed in public
Framework: Resistance and Persistence Exhibition
Authorizations: Municipality of Beirut
Commissioner: Art in Motion