The creator of this map art is the Lebanese artist Marwan Rechmaoui, who deals heavily with urban development and social history within his art work. Beirut Caoutchouc is essentially a giant rubber floor map that details out the city of Belaruit. It looks very interesting and eye catching contrasting the white floor it is placed on.
Apart from the intricate urban design, the artist also showcases the progressing cultural differences, affiliation and identity aspects of the city through his work. Beirut being one of the most conflict-induced cities, is a great choice for such a piece. Furthermore, the artist does a marvelous job depicting it through highlighting the different neighborhoods and showcasing the societal divide and consequences of these cultural differences. The rest of Marwan Rechmaoui’s portfolio is also full of interesting and thought-provoking subject matter.
Beirut Map Art by Marwan Rechmaoui Emphasizes Class Differences
Simal Yilmaz — February 8, 2013 — Art & Design
References: saatchi-gallery & visualnews