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Lebanese artist creates powerful sculpture from Beirut explosion rubble

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Date of publication: 25 October, 2020

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A Lebanese artist built a sculpture of a woman by collecting pieces of rubble from the Beirut explosion.
A Lebanese artist built a sculpture of a woman made entirely from rubble pieces collected from the Beirut port explosion in remembrance of the victims.

Hayat Nazer created the powerful sculpture near the explosion site in Beirut.

The statue depicts a woman with her hair waving in the breeze as she holds a sword.

It was made using collected broken glass, building debris and remnants from household items destroyed during the explosion.

At the base of the statue, there is a broken clock that reads 6:08pm, which marks the exact time the explosion happened on August 4.

The blast killed over 200 people, injured thousands and caused billions of dollars of property and infrastructure damage.

At the end of August, Nazer posted a video on her Instagram account asking members of the public to gather "meaningful items" each as "photo frames, broken clocks, and wooden chairs" that were damaged during the explosion.

Then, she asked people to come up with a name for the metal woman, which as of yet remains nameless.

Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital earlier this month to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform.

A whirlwind of hope and despair has gripped the country in the year that passed, as an economic crisis and a devastating port explosion pushed Lebanon deeper into decay.

Two governments have resigned since the movement started but the country's barons, many of them warlords from the 1975-90 civil war, remain firmly in power despite international as well as domestic pressure for change.

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