The Wishing Fountain – مال عام
Make a wish and toss a coin into the Wishing Fountain’s lap. This money is public. If you wish to take some, it’s yours.
تمنى ما تريد وارم قطع نقدية في حضن النافورة. هذا المال عام, و بإمكانك في أي وقتٍ كان أخذ أي مبلغ شئت. أنه لك.
‘The Wishing Fountain – مال عام’ is a public art installation in Hamra Street by Raafat Majzoub that allows people of the city to share money with each other while raising awareness about the escalating street beggars phenomenon and the increasing privatization and self-centeredness in urban today.
The sculpture borrows its form from women street beggars sitting on sidewalks, wishing good fortune for passersby in return for minimal amounts of money, and is intended to create a visible and accessible point in this rapidly privatized Beirut for people to share money for public use.
Beggars, people looking for parking meter coins, night owls looking for change to buy a man’oushé and others can pick up the amount they need whenever they need it. It aims to start an active, local conversation about and between people, each other and their city.
Supported by The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan
Raafat Majzoub is an architect, author and artist living and working in Beirut. for previus work by Raafat Majzoub follow this .