We’re installing The Mysterious Sculpture and Its Missing Fixity (2011) by Kirsten Scheid, which is a replica of a stone sculpture by Saloua Raouda Choucair. The stone sculpture was originally installed at a traffic roundabout in Beirut in 1983 and intended as a celebratory public artwork and a sign of the people of Beirut coming together. Within three months, the sculpture was defaced with black paint and later stolen. This work addresses the idea of how sculpture can relate to community. The blocks are interconnected, and can interlock and also come apart into separate pieces—all those possibilities exist at the same time and each undermines the other.

The Mysterious Sculpture and Its Missing Fixity is on view as part of “Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center: Due to unforeseen events…” through February 5, 2012.

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