You may have seen this incredible piece of graffiti on the alleyway wall next to the 392Rmeil393 art gallery in Gemmayzeh.
It was created by 20-year-old graffiti artist Yazan Halwani. Beirut.com spoke with him Friday to get the inside scoop on the piece.
"I really think we need better role models, kids grow up with pictures of these politicians on the walls... so its understandable that when they get older, they are up to no good. Just look at me, I paint streets in my free time...
This is why I painted a portrait of Fayrouz, a creative, artistic role model... I also added a quote by Palestinian rapper Tamer Naffar: 'Jdoudna ikhtara'ou al Sofr wa ah'fadhom sarou sfoura' (Our grandfathers invented the zero, and their grandchildren became zeroes) to express the never-ending decline that Lebanese and Arabs have witnessed in the last few centuries..."
Meanwhile, last week Mayor Bilal Hamad told An-Nahar newspaper that the Beirut Municipality wants to buy Fayrouz's old house in Zokak el-Blat to prevent it from being demolished as part of an ongoing construction project near the property. Hamad says he wants to turn it into a museum.
Dear Mr. Hamad,
You're doing it right! Keep up the good work.
Beirut Street Art: The Five Most... Listomania on Mar 14, 2014
Graffiti Artist Yazan Halwani... Blog on Feb 10, 2014
Five of Our Favorite Fairuz... Listomania on Dec 24, 2013
Five Reasons We Love Fayrouz Stuff We Love on Nov 21, 2013
Our 20 Favorite Graffiti Pieces ... Street Credit on Sep 2, 2013
A Graffiti Homage to Ali... Street Credit on Aug 6, 2013
What's Up with the Green Hair... Street Credit
Our 20 Favorite Graffiti Pieces ... Street Credit
A Graffiti Homage to Ali... Street Credit
The Most Perverted Lebanese... Street Credit
Spotted: A Smart Road Safety... Street Credit
Spotted: Belgian Fries Joint on ... Street Credit
Spotted: New Cinema on Bliss... Street Credit
Executive Magazine Creates... Street Credit
Spotted: New TV Show Filming on ... Street Credit
Deghri Messengers Set to Provide... Street Credit
Environmentally Friendly Urbin... Street Credit
Spotted: Horse-Drawn Cart in... Street Credit
Need to Facebook Stalk Someone? ... Street Credit
The Lebanese Pyramid of Power Street Credit
Spotted in Beirut: Classic VW... Street Credit
No Horns Allowed Street Credit
Sioufi's Freaky Urban Art Street Credit
Because Swear Words Are... Street Credit
Beirut's Underground Pedestrian ... Street Credit
Spotted: Grendizer Graffiti Street Credit
Calling All Female Electric... Street Credit
See No Evil Street Credit
Spotted: Vintage Mobile in... Street Credit
Suggest an Arrest With RYMCO Street Credit
Spotted: Beautiful Street Art in... Street Credit
The Many Secrets of Mona Lisa Street Credit
New ABC Mall Will Open in Verdun... Street Credit
We Can Rebuild It... We Have The... Street Credit
When Life Gives You... Street Credit
We've Found The Hole to China Street Credit
From The Youth Of Lebanon Street Credit
Bringing Sexy Back... In Car... Street Credit