A Lebanese artist who turns the wreckage of the explosion into a symbol of hope


She stands nearly 3 meters (9.8 feet) high with her arm raised, the wind whipping her hair away from her mandated face, and a broken hour at her feet and hands showing 6:08 AM, which is the time the explosion hit the Beirut port on the evening of August 4.

The unnamed statue of the Lebanese artist, Hayat Nazir, is made of broken glass and twisted materials that belonged to people’s homes before the explosion, which killed 200 people and injured 6,000, and symbolizes the city’s hopes to rise from the rubble.

“If you look at the statue, half of the leg is standing, the hand looks submissive, and there is a scar on the face with flying hair, and the watch is on this side, as if the explosion is still there,” Nazer told Reuters. the television.

“But on the other hand and the other leg … it tilts as if it is starting to walk with the hand raised, it wants to continue, and it wants to go and get up from under the rubble. And this is the truth, this is the truth,” said the 33-year-old man.

The huge blast, which rattled large swaths of Beirut and caused the displacement of some 300,000 residents, has exacerbated the worst financial crisis in Lebanon since the 1975-1990 civil war.

Nazer believes in Lebanese steadfastness.

She says that those affected by the blast, who saw the 2.6-meter-high statue, temporarily displayed in front of the damaged port, drew their strength and hoped to continue.

Nazer had already begun carving a female statue before the explosion, but he volunteered to help clean up destroyed homes and streets. At night, she would return to the statue, using the pieces of glass and metal she had collected.

“I felt that Beirut was a woman … despite what she had suffered … very strong,” she said.

Inspired by the Lebanese artist Majida Al Roumi “Beirut, the Lady of the World” and her words “Stand from the rubble,” Nazer says the statue took a little more than two months.

She did not mention the name of the artwork because she wanted the audience to do so.

This is not the first time that she has used a debris sight in her art.

Her earlier works include a model of the mythical Phoenix made from the burning out of protesters’ tents, a heart-shaped sculpture of stones and empty tear gas canisters collected from clashes between protesters and security forces.

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