Beirut’s Burj al-Murr is decorated with window curtains from top to bottom by Lebanese artist Jad El-Khoury, Sunday, May 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The colorful transformation of Beirut's Burj al-Murr building into "Burj al-Hawa" (Tower of the Wind) started to be dismantled Wednesday at the demand of the development company Solidere, the artist behind the project said. Jad al-Khoury, who intended to keep the installation until September, said he was compelled to remove the brightly colored fabric hung from the building's windows after receiving a letter Tuesday from Solidere, the owner of the building and the company that undertook much of the redevelopment of Beirut Central District after the Civil War. The artist refused to speculate on Solidere's motivations.An exhibition about the installation is still due to take place on June 28 at Platform 39, which will document the artist's process and experience with the project.
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