An empty Beirut skyscraper now transformed by an artist’s colorful installation

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d7/d74a1be4682b92384d0c244b29aeaf2b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Lebanese artist Jad El Khoury has long been creating interventions in Beirut&rsquo;s urban landscape to draw attention to these symbolic sites of warfare [...] Khoury has now taken on the imposing Murr Tower for a two-month installation: &lsquo;The Burj El Murr soars from Beirut&rsquo;s skyline, filled with scars, constantly provoking the city&rsquo;s residents, whose past is shadowed by war, and present is spent dealing with those harsh memories.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/84390/artist" rel="nofollow" >Artist</a>&nbsp;Jad El Khoury's&nbsp;temporary <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/5557/installation" rel="nofollow" >installation</a>&nbsp;<em>Burj El Hawa</em>&nbsp;<em>(Tower of Air)&nbsp;</em>inhabits a 34-story skyscraper in&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14839/beirut" rel="nofollow" >Beirut</a>, known as Murr Tower or the Beirut Trader Center. Using brightly colored curtains found in a typical Beirut home, Khoury transforms this empty building which was used as a snipers hideout in the Lebanese Civil War in 1975.&nbsp;

View of the blinds © Jad El Khoury
A towering presence in the city, the skyscraper now projects the artist's message
hope and vitality to the community rather than one of war and unresolved conflict. 
View of Burj El Murr overlooking Beirut © Jad El Khoury
Khoury's installation Burj El Hawa will remain in the skyscraper until July 2018.

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