Hapsitus - national museum - beirut
The Carrier National Museum of Beirut, Lebanon, 1995 In the chaotic and tense atmosphere of post-war Beirut, public meeting places were still absent. The National Museum of Beirut, bastion of Lebanese cultural history, was damaged by bombs, barred closed and its treasures entombed in concrete boxes. ?The Carrier? sculpture (15m high) came to stand in front of the fašade to ?carry? the museum around some of the historic sites of Lebanon to restore the faith of the museum in her country. Ten archaic procession sculptures stood on the museum roof, others were on the roofs of war-damaged buildings on the square, and one was on a traffic island in front of the museum. A transparent ?curtain? was placed in front of the Roman columns opposite. Bathed in music and light, the two-week installation attracted people to come out and meet on the museum place during that period. The restoration of the museum fašade coincided with the installation opening, and the museum subsequently attracted sufficient funding to open to the public two years later.