“Gaza’s Lighthouse” is a visual modern art project which depends on recycling the environment and war remnants in Gaza city. Those remnants are junks and many other things which are suitable for assembling and installing in an artistic way to become an artwork placed in the Port square. By this, the junks turn into a beautiful artwork that promotes the beauty of the city, changes its stereotype and resurrects a new spirit through the existence of art in the street.
In these days, Gaza city became one of the most crowded cities in the world, as there is no space to enjoy and have fun except this blue spot “Gaza’s beautiful beach”. In Gaza, the houses swallowed all the empty spaces which were found 20 years ago in this small city. The view changed into big cement squares colored by gray mostly due to the disability of its owners to bleach and paint it which made Gaza look in a gray scene. Despite the wars and the siege that we are witnessing, we are in a deep need to change the gray scene and turn part of this city into a piece of art.
This project uses the modern art to change and beautify part of the city shape, and that’s include using the human remnants such as: plastic materials, metal like old cars and other things. In addition to the remnants of the last Israeli aggression on Gaza city form the houses and organizations destruction materials like: concrete pieces, metal or plastic to be gathered in order to make an art installation. This work is implemented with the help of a number of artists, engineers and specialist youth who put lots of efforts to reach the lighthouse shape and to make it a huge edifice in one of the most important areas in Gaza city.
What motivated me to implement this project is that there are no spaces for art or to have fun in the city. Moreover, bringing out the art from the exhibition to the public to make this work, which is basically a piece of junk, an art work in the street that would affect and be affected by the people in this city. Furthermore, it’s very important for us to show people the importance of arts and not to monopoly such artistic pieces on the artist, intellectuals and galleries. This project is the first of its kind in this city which depends on pieces of junk, with some equipment and ideas and a number of workers and artists who implement this project, changes the ideas into reality and the junk into a piece of art decorates the city and beautifies its shape.