Yes, my title has the word might, no I am not jumping into conclusions and no this is not another #CauseDuJour -_-
I came across this tweet by @Zaven_k
— Zaven (@Zaven_K) February 9, 2015
So I don’t really know if this is happening or not, but the fact that it is even a question is just crazy! Why would anyone wants to destroy these beautiful art works, by Yazan Halwani, one of the most talented young Lebanese artists, is just beyond me!
I don’t know what comes to your mind when you think about Gemmayzeh street, but I personally always think of that beautiful Fayrouz graffiti and of course smile ^^ but then I remember the valet parking mafia and how they are illegally confiscating the public space and get back to being angry… (Yes, the sidewalk and public parking spaces are important, and are your right dear citizen of Lebanon!)
Yazan payed tribute to Ali Abdallah, the man who was let down by everyone and everything, even the streets of Beirut… Ali died on one very very cold night in Bliss Street, a cold, the Mayor of Beirut Bilal Hamad never experienced as most of those in power (visible and invisible one)… I’d like to think that Yazan wanted to remind those who come across the face of Ali of how many times Lebanon has failed us (or is it us who failed Lebanon?). The municipality of Beirut is considering permanently depriving us from the selfless acts of beauty we scarcely have in our city, but doesn’t hesitate for a second in selling our beaches and our skyline to the highest bidder.
One too many heartbreaks Lebanon, one too many!
PS: I am not at all inspired to write about Gibran Khalil Gebran, but I would like to point out, that back in his days the equivalent of 100 thousands Lebanese Lira could actually buy you something in Lebanon…