Bench by Saloua Raouda Choucair against a city background

Bench by Saloua Raouda Choucair

Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair’s sculpture creates a space for communality and collective engagement.

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Bench by Saloua Raouda Choucair, MIA in the background

Prominently located along the waterfront in MIA Park, Bench (1969-71) is a public sculpture comprised of seventeen limestone pieces that form a semi-circular seat. The continuous interconnecting stones draw on forms from science as well as the rhythmic, self-reliant structure of Arabic poetry (Qasa’id), embodying the progressive growth and universal expression of society and citizenship.

Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916–2017) created this piece to be in dialogue with the park, referencing her influences of modularity and infiniteness in Islamic and modernist art and architecture, and the progressive systems of the natural and urban landscape.