The world remembers in horror the devastating explosion in a Lebanon port earlier in 2020. A difficult year of disease and social re-alignment made even more challenging with tragic results, it's hard to know how to move forward. One artist has amalgamated blast rubble from the obliteration to form a beautiful unnamed woman. She stands at the seashore, arm outstretched, feeling the gust of power that still resonates in the location.
Lebanon artist Hayat Nazer accumulated the twisted metal and shattered windows with fragments of wall and roof from the left-over destruction after the ammonium-nitrate exploded in one of the warehouses. It took her just two months to build the masterpiece which now stands proudly where it belongs. The blast was felt in neighbouring countries and within the radius nearly 200 people lost their lives. Thousands received injuries and many lost their homes.
A famous song by Majida El Roumi called Beirut, Lady Of The World contains a lyric “Rise from under the rubble”. This poignant image is what inspired today's sculptor to form this one of a kind images from such a meaningful material. Hopefully the forlorn and memorable statue of this woman can serve as a reminder to those charged with keeping everyone safe.
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