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About the artwork
Karam’s projects and installations are interventions that seek to animate cities as diverse as Melbourne, Prague, Dubai, Beirut, London and Nara, Japan. These interventions often take the form of large-scale steel sculptures, described as ‘urban toys’ by the artist. For Karam, it is not only we, as humans, who need to dream, but our cities too – his urban toys are acts of whimsy and a rebellion against the soulless nature of so many modern spaces, bringing to life the environments around him.
About the artist
Lebanese artist and architect Nadim Karam’s multi-disciplinary approach
incorporates painting, drawing, sculpture and writing. Fusing various
cultural influences, Karam’s works transcend social, political and
national borders, forming a unique pictorial language replete with
recurring symbols and with original characters and narratives.
They form an alphabet of sorts, in what is an ongoing, sometimes
absurdist, exploration of the creative power of dreams. Renowned for his public art and work in urban regeneration, Karam was recently lauded for his architectural plan, The Cloud,
which made international headlines for its revolutionary ideas on how
to reconfigure public space amidst Dubai’s growing cityscape.