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« The Wishing Fountain - مال عام », a Public Installation in Hamra by Raafat Majzoub – Lebanon

The Beirut Street Festival presents

‘The Wishing Fountain’ 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 Lebanon 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. Beirut’s wishing fountain sits on its dry sidewalks with her lap filled with water. Like her sisters, she is constantly waiting to become visible. ‘The Wishing Fountain’ is intended to create a visible and accessible point in this rapidly privatized Beirut for people to share money for public use.

It is owned and shared by everyone on the street. 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.

This project is supported by The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan & The Beirut Street Festival.


Raafat Majzoub is an architect, author and artist based in Beirut.


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