London Design Festival
The towering structure consists of elements of stone from different regions of Palestine, fading upwards from earthy red to pale limestone. The stone elements are shaped by both innovative and traditional techniques: they are designed on a computer, cut by robots and hand-finished by local artisans.
The process of ‘stereotomy’, the art of cutting stones so they can be assembled into a larger configuration, enables the lace-like structure to support itself. Moreover, lace-like gaps between the stones allow the viewer to look out, while being encouraged to imagine the installation’s eventual, natural surroundings through evocative sound and video components.
While We Wait is inspired by the Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem, where the separation wall is currently being built, threatening to sever the historic link between the valley and its monastery. In contrast to wall, which divides the landscape, this installation will venerate extreme natural beauty and evoke the Cremisan Valley itself, its eventual home.
Following its unveiling as part of London Design Festival, the installation will tour to Concrete, a multi-disciplinary space in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai from 6-18 November 2017, where it will be on display as part of Dubai Design Week and then move permanently to the Cremisan Valley. To activate its function a cultural programme will be co-created with the local community in the Cremisan Valley exploring some of the themes of the installation, and acting as a lived monument and gathering space owned by the community.
Sound commission by Tareq Abboushi
Film commission by Mikaela Burstow
Supported by Concrete, Dubai
Part of the London Design Festival at the V&A