Alum Wins Rhodesworks Competition

5 June 2018

Youssef El-Chidiac, an alumnus of Domus Academy’s Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, is among the five winners of a contest announced by Rhodesworks Design Studio.

Rhodesworks Design Studio, one of the most important architectural design studios based in Seattle, USA, 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 Nevada in August 2018; from there, it will travel for the next three years, to be installed in five different cities around the world.

Proposals were required to indicate a specific installation site for Resolute Arch, and could further include creative forms such as spatial interventions, ephemeral performances, or artistic designs that would activate the sculpture in the proposed context.

The five winners will have the opportunity to take part in the Resolute Arch Art Support Camp at Burning Man and will receive $1,500 to support logistical and travel expenses.

Youssef proposed placing the arch at the beginning of the green demarcation line that once separated the eastern and western parts 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 those brave people who dared to cross this boundary line and were killed. Thanks to Youssef’s win, Beirut was chosen as one of the five cities in which Resolute Arch will be installed within the next three years.

Congratulations, Youssef!

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