Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design alumnus wins the competition by Rhodesworks Design Studio (Rhodesworks)
Youssef-El-Chidiac, Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design alumnus is among the 5 winners of a contest announced by Rhodesworks Design Studio.
Rhodesworks Design Studio, one of the most important architectural design studios based in Seattle launched the call for a contest to seek proposals in response to Resolute Arch, the new sculpture by studio principal Richard Rhodes. The sculpture, a granite arch broken near its apex, will premiere at Burning Man in 2018; from there, it will travel for the next three years, to be installed in five different cities around the world.
Proposals had to indicate a specific installation site for Resolute Arch, and may further include forms such as spatial interventions, ephemeral performances, artistic designs, or other creative forms, that would activate the sculpture in the given context.
The 5 winners will have the opportunity to take part in Resolute Arch Art Support Camp at Burning Man and receive a fee of $ 1,500 to support logistical and travel expenses.
Youssef’s proposal was to place the arch at the beginning of the green line (demarcation), which was once the separation between the eastern and western part of Beirut from the northern part of the city, where there is a statue of martyrs of war. The broken stone of the arch will represent the memory of the fallen on this boundary line; they were the only brave people who dared to cross it. As the winning project of the competition, Beirut was chosen as one of the five cities in which Resolute Arch will be installed, within the next three years.