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Lebanon Unveils Controversial Sculpture Memorializing 2020’s Beirut Explosion

Last year, the city of Beirut was rocked by a massive explosion. As the first anniversary of the Beirut blast approached, city leaders gathered at a memorial ceremony. They unveiled a sculpture, fashioned from steel gnarled by the blast. Nadim Karam, the Lebanese architect who created “The Gesture,” acknowledged that for many, wounds of the explosion are still fresh. He said the work was “made out of the scars of people whose wounds did not yet close.”

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