Molding steel at the Sabas atelier in Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)
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The work of Ghassan Saba, and his late brother Mario, represents the Tripoli of yesterday that only he is able to invoke – by molding, melting and sculpting – because he lived through it.Saba's art pieces might seem unconventional in Tripoli's traditional context. Inspired by Tripoli's history and its artistic heritage, Ghassan is known for his statue called "The Tornado," located in Al-Mina.The Saba family had set the standard for modern art in Tripoli.Ghassan continued his studies at Tripoli's Malaab High School.At the time of the Israeli occupation of 1982, Ghassan was 18 years old. He said being a child of Tripoli has endowed him with a wealth of history to draw upon again and again for his artistic work.The scenes depicted in his artwork, Ghassan said, draw on Tripoli's past.
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