Marwan Rechmaoui Monument for the Living 2001–8

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Marwan Rechmaoui born 1964
Monument for the Living
Date 2001–8
Medium Concrete and wood
Dimensions Object: 2360 x 600 x 400 mm
Acquisition Purchased using funds provided by the 2009 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2010
Not on display

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Monument for the Living is a scale model of the Burj El Murr building in Beirut, Lebanon.
The tower was owned by members of the el-Murr family, a prominent political clan.
Construction began in 1974 but it was left unfinished after the outbreak of civil war.
Originally an office block, it was only ever used as a sniper outpost. The tower is too tall to knock down and too dense to implode, and so continues to dominate the skyline. It is now seen as a memorial to the internal conflict that has never really been resolved.

February 2011

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