We Are Tyre(d)

Street Installation

Rafik Hariri Airport

Beirut Lebanon

2012

In a play on words from the English term to be tired, we upholstered stacks of motor tyres in textiles. Converting the tyres that are traditionally burnt in street riots into objects to voice the public’s ongoing fatigue and frustration. The use of textiles in this street intervention pacifies any political message, while still maintaining a potent poetic symbolism. The installation was first shown in Beirut as a peace protest against the burning of tyres, a campaign quickly fueled by countless responses online and in social media from around the world.

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