Hayat Nazer is behind the idea of building a phoenix statue in Martyrs' Square, Nov. 24, 2019 (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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The idea of building a phoenix statue first came to Hayat Nazer after she saw a mob rampage through Downtown Beirut last month, setting fires, beating demonstrators and leaving the capital's main protest encampments in tatters. The broken tent poles and smashed furniture ended up in Martyrs' Square, piled around a large cutout of a closed fist bearing the word "Revolution" in bold -- a monument of sorts to the resilience of protesters who had quickly replaced the structures and steadfastly remained on the streets.Then, on the morning of Independence Day, unidentified individuals set fire to the towering fist.Around Nazer, women and men worked together, helping to find the best way to create the sculpture.Although Nazer is the originator of the phoenix, she is happy to share the project.
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