From November 6 till January 31, 2017
For the first time in Egypt, this exhibition presents 20 artworks conceived to be displayed in public spaces and created using recycled materials. Many of them have an interactive purpose or a functional one.
The wide variety of materials used necessarily affects the essence of the artworks: if on the one hand glass, metal and plastic are meant to last over time; paper, textiles and wood give shape to ephemeral works but nevertheless fascinating. The colors and the shapes purposely selected to have a high visual impact on the monotonous gray of the city, introduce the viewer to a playful dimension, intentionally plucked from his everyday experience.
The result is an exhibition that gives the public the chance to discover the potential of the hidden aesthetics of the waste materials and offers a platform for discussion on the role of artworks in the public space. All the pieces of art that have been created for this project were brought together in the exceptional garden of the Swiss Cooperation, before they will be moved to the public spaces for which they were initially conceived.
Not only do we want to give a demonstration of the immense possibilities offered by the use of such diverse materials, but also we hope to stimulate other artists to experiment with new modes and techniques and encourage those who decide on the display of public and open spaces to select one of these artworks or to commission other such pieces.
Thanks to the willingness of the Swiss Cooperation to open to the public its wonderful garden in Garden City, the exhibition will run for about three months, after which the individual works will reach their final destination and be set up in different public places in the city.
The exhibition runs until 31 January 2017 weekdays from 9am to 4pm
Embassy of Switzerland
Office for International Cooperation
24, Gamal El-Din Abou El-Mahasen St., Garden City, Tel: +20 2 27951536, +20 2 27943638
Afrodite El Seesy
Alya El Chiati
Ammar Abu Bakr
Mustafa El Husseiny