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Nature in Art


As a Beirut resident, I hardly see nature around. Of course we have many potted plants on our balcony, and there are some trees planted along the sidewalk, and the sea is ever present, and I am a student at AUB, which is known for its green campus. But nothing compares to the beautiful forests and green landscapes seen in the countryside or illustrated in paintings or described in books. It is almost as if the city is meant to be as distant as possible from nature, because civilization means concrete man-made rectangular shapes and structures.

Recently, I discovered two efforts to reconnect humans with nature, both in the form of art.

I saw the first one in my own city; it is called the “110 Birdhouses Beirut” street art project. Thomas Winther from Denmark, also known as Dambo, built 110 birdhouses, painted them in “happy colors”, and hung them around the city streets “to make people smile, birds sing and remind us that nature is present in the big cities, in a happy way”. Maybe one day the birds will move in! Dambo had successfully tried this project in Denmark, with 250 birdhouses.

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You can see the birdhouses here.

You can see the video here.

I stumbled upon the second one online; it is called the “Natural Architecture” art movement. A group of artists, architects, and designers used basic natural materials like branches and rocks to build natural structures that will with time decompose. The aim of these art pieces is “to capture the harmonious connection we seek with nature by merging humanity and nature through architecture; the core concept of the movement is that mankind can live harmoniously with nature, using it for our needs while respecting its importance”.

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You can see the designs here.

Here they are: two inspiring art projects in Lebanon and around the world that remind us that nature should be respected, celebrate, and involved in our cities. If you know of any other similar projects, please share them!

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  1. Erik Vincenti Zakhia
    April 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Walking in Hamra I saw the birdhouses; they’re really cheerful !

    • rayanezah
      April 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

      yes they are 🙂

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