Designing on Benches in Hamra Street! UPDATE!

The two benches I have designed-on and executed in Hamra street:

One is at the corner near Jack & Jones (Modca corner) and the other is facing Fransabank on the right side of the street.

The first bench tries to capture the spirit of Hamra, the energy & hype, the lights, the crowd, the restaurants and pubs during the day and at night.

While the second bench is a typographical interpretation of a quotation from Steve Jobs.

The quote says:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something” ~ Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

Once you read the quote and walk past it, you can look back at the bench and connect the black dots to read something else…

I knew I wanted to design the bench with a typographical approach using an inspirational quotation, but I couldn’t come up with anything yet that day. I woke up that morning with the sad news that Steve Jobs passed away, so it came to my mind to use one of his inspiring quotes. I thought it would also pay tribute to him that way too. It is a really interesting that even by passing away, he inspired me to do this design.

I hope you enjoy both benches.

To view the Interview on Helwé Beirut at LBCI, please check the link below:

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Designing on Benches in Hamra Street!

As part of Hamra Street Festival Maraya 2011 follow up events, I will be designing / painting on 2 of the concrete benches recently placed. One will be at the corner in front of Jack & Jones and the other will be near Fransabank.

Two other selected artists – Dalia Baassiri and Nisreen Mohtar – will be there too to work on 2 other benches each.

Painting of the benches that were placed on Hamra Str. during Maraya 2011 will take place on Tuesday & Wednesday October 4th & 5th, 2011 and is sponsored by Blom bank, Credit Bank & Fransabank.

Pass by and take a look. Pictures will be posted later.

image by Danny Khoury ©2011

AT THE EDGE OF THE CITY

Out Now!

http://attheedgeofthecity.wordpress.com/

Overview

At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawbar

Edited by Fadi Shayya; Foreword by George Arbid

Copyeding & Proofreading by Sonya Knox; Layout & Design by Danny Khoury

A Discursive Formations book, first edition published in 2010 [ISBN 978-9953-0-1537-8]

Supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung-Middle East OfficeDISCURSIVE FORMATIONS

About the book

Since the early 1990s, Beirut’s Park, Horsh Al-Sanawbar, was sealed off from the lives of many Beiruti residents and visitors, with numerous justifications for their exclusion. At the Edge of the City aspires to chart an alternative discourse from that which produces this exclusion. Through exploring issues of advocacy and politics, the book aims to provide a platform to contest the existing governance of Horsh Al-Sanawbar and to bring forward a well-informed public space public policy agenda.

At the Edge of the City presents multidisciplinary, textual and visual contributions that attempt to shape an understanding of continuously evolving meanings of public space in Beirut, opening up the discussion and raising questions, and challenging the status quo, as well as the social imagination, of public space itself.

ATEOTC WALLPAPER

Download the wallpaper from the book website