Syrian Artists Turn “Tunnels of Death” in Eastern Ghouta into Creative Works of Art

DAMASCUS-An art group of 18 Syrian artists have started a magnificent art project, using underground tunnels dug by terrorists in eastern Ghouta as a setting for making artistic sculptures.

The project was inspired by sculpture works made by Muhannad Moualla, an artist and a fighter in the Syrian Arab Army who a year and a half ago has begun, at his own leisure, to turn walls in Jobar city near Damascus into sculptures, SANA reported.

Syrian Art a Means of Resistance

"Syria has a rich history and holding cultural activities in the country aims at sending a message of peace and love from Syria, the cradle of culture and civilization, to the entire world and at stressing the fact that art and culture are also means for the Syrians to challenge their enemies  who want to undermine Syria’s history”,  Sculptor Ali Mu’alla, Director of the 4th Sand Sculpture Forum “Ugaro 2018”, recently held in Lattakia province under the patronage of Tourism Mnistry, said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

The event is held within the framework of supporting young talents, creativity and innovation as well as exchanging experience in the area of plastic art, sand sculpture as well as sandstone sculpture, according to Mu'alla.

On his participation in the forum, Mu’alla made it clear that he has chosen the  phoenix to embody Syria’s condition after the seven-year unjust war imposed on the country.

4th Sand Sculpture Forum "Ugaro 2018" Kicks off in Lattakia

LATTAKIA, (ST)- With the participation of more than 30 artists from different Syrian provinces, the 4th Sand Sculpture Forum "Ugaro 2018" kicked off on Sunday at the shore of the Sports City in Lattakia. The event was organized by the Union of Plastic Artists in Latakkia and the National Association for Tourism Development in Syria.

Sahar Hmeisheh, head of the National Association for Tourism Development, said in a statement at the opening ceremony that various artistic forums play key role in disseminating cultural awareness in society. This forum contributes to activating internal tourism in the light of the participation of artists from all Syrian governorates, Hmeisheh added, according to the Syrian News Agency SANA.

Antiquities Directorate Cooperating with International Bodies to Recover Syrian Artifacts Stolen and Smuggled by Terrorists

Dr. Mahmoud Hamoud, Director General of Antiquities and Museums, said that the directorate is cooperating with all international bodies concerned with cultural heritage to recover the Syrian artifacts stolen and smuggled by terrorist groups during recent years.

In a statement to SANA, Hamoud clarified that the directorate is now preparing a file to be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL with the aim of intensifying international cooperation and efforts to recover these ancient artifacts due to their significance as part of the international cultural and civilization heritage.

Young Brilliant Mosaicist Brings Back Mosaic Art to Spotlights

SWEIDA– The young mosaicist Muhannad al-Tawil succeeded to deploy his talent and the knowledge he gained during his academic study at Faculty of Archeology in transforming raw materials into fascinating colorful mosaic artworks in an attempt to revive this art, SANA reported.

“Mosaics are made with several tiny little cubes of different shapes, called ‘tesserae’,” said al-Tawil, adding that tesserae can be of different materials: stone, marble, glass, mother of pearl or ceramic and they are never perfectly cubic as they are hand cut with special tools such as the hardie and the mosaic hammer.