Infinity Bound

Nelly Chemaly

Nelly Chemaly’s work consists of a huge spiral of chunky sea salt surrounded by a ring of white bathroom tiles carrying a verse in Arabic and English written by the artist: “We come from Infinity. We live in Infinity. We will go back to Infinity. We are the embodiement of Infinity.” This artwork created a lot of controversy with the mosque-goers that found the writings profane and the tiles were washed clean.

Date: 1999

Location: Corniche El Manara

Medium: Installation

Material: Sea salt, bathroom tiles

Section: Contemporary

Duration: Temporary

Tags:  Site-specific Intervention

Framework: The Corniche Project

Authorizations: Sea salt, bathroom tiles

Commissioner: Ashkal Alwan