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Raymond Gemayel's "Dalieh's Infinity Pool" is one of the seven contemporary art pieces that formed Temporary Art Platform's contribution to the Heritage Watch Day events focusing on the Dalieh outcropping – described as one of Beirut's few remaining public spaces.Abi Khalil is part of a campaign that since 2013 has advocated the preservation of the area as a public space, and organized this festival to engage the public in the issue.All these public art pieces deal directly with the encroachment of development on nature and public spaces and, as is TAP's wont, they engage with the local context. Picking one's way down the rocky slope, through the scrubby, litter-festooned brush to the sea, the TAP pieces are not all conspicuous. The artist found a map demarcating the land that can be developed from that which is protected.Across a white background "Al-Bahar" (The Sea) is emblazoned in blue.Mustapha Jundi's "Washzone" shows just how much Dalieh belongs to the sea, and how the sea's encroachment on the land has defined its status.The impetus behind preserving Dalieh as a public space is, in part, Beirut's limited natural and public space.
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