A Retroactive Monument for a Chimerical City

Tony Chakar

A Retroactive Monument for a Chimerical City is a ready-made statue of a Grecian-robed woman, painted in gold, and placed on a red carpet and surrounded with red velvet-covered benches. The scene created was intended as a satirical comment on the pervasive public recollection of Beirut’s “golden age” in the 1960s. The rented sculpture was vandalised by a man who judged it as too provocative to be situated facing the mosque, as the bacchant was showing a woman’s body. It was taken down into pieces.

Date: 1999

Location: Corniche El Manara

Medium: Sculpture

Material: Ready-made

Section: Contemporary

Duration: Temporary

Tags:  Site-specific Intervention
Public Sculpture

Framework: The Corniche Project

Authorizations: Ready-made

Commissioner: Ashkal Alwan