The restoration of the marble decorations
Main entrance before the blast
Main entrance after the blast
Main entrance after the restoration
Among the many damages suffered by the Sursock Palace during the explosion of August 4, some decorative marble elements, which gave this unique refinement to the palace, came loose from the walls and, when they fell, broke down in multiple fragments.
Therefore, our spring campaign aimed to repair and replace the 78 damaged elements, i.e. 130 m² of white marble. It was the first step of a more general plan regarding the elements of the decorative surfaces blown away by the explosion (stucco, woodwork, carved ceilings, etc.)
In detail, the weakened marbles still in place were deposited, the old mortars cleaned off the walls and marbles, the broken elements re-glued, and the marbles re-installed on the walls.
The restoration works took one month and mobilised three to four artisans.
Through this action, we could provide work to local artisans and induce a social impact on the local know-how and activities towards preserving Cultural Heritage. It is a first step towards transforming the Sursock Palace into a Cultural Center open to all, and there is way to go. Though with your support, we will be able to bring this multi-year project to a positive end.
Starting date for the construction: June 2021
Delivery of the works: July 2021
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RestART Beirut does not receive any subsidy, neither from the Lebanese State nor from any European State. Each project that we carry out, faithful to the general interest and essential to the opening of the Sursock Palace to all, cannot be successful without your support. Today, to rebuild and restore Sursock Palace, we need you.
The projects undertaken by RestART Beirut aim to contribute to the global renovation effort, following the 4th of August explosion, in the field of cultural heritage with an emphasis on art collections.
We promote Education: we aim to raise public awareness of the city’s unique heritage, to encourage the transmission of the know-how and promote Architectural and Artistic education.
We encourage the Local Economy: by supporting and encouraging the revival of ancient Lebanese crafts and the creation of an economically viable activity in this sector.
We foster International Cooperation via transnational partnerships and needed expertise in the field of art conservation to complete the projects (between institutions, universities, private companies or individuals from the diaspora and beyond).
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