Design Earth has donated Volcano Dreams, a limited edition triptych (Ed. 10) inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh: “The skies roared with thunder and the earth heaved, Then came darkness and a stillness like death. Lightning smashed the ground and fires blazed out; Death flooded from the skies. When the heat died and the fires went out, The plains had turned to ash.”

 

“The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the journey of the legendary King Gilgamesh to the cedar mountains, where he encounters and slays the guardian of the forest, a monstrous giant with staring eyes and the face of a lion,” partners Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy write. “On each night of his journey, Gilgamesh has admonitory dreams. On the third night, he dreams of a volcano erupting. Gilgamesh marvels at the cedar trees, breathes in their incense, but all he can think and feel is that the Earth is shaking amidst the noise of thunder and lightning, and fire and ashes fall from the sky.

 

They continue: “On August 4, 2020, a fire broke into a warehouse in the Beirut Port, where 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate were carelessly housed, causing one of the strongest explosions registered worldwide. Perhaps it was Ishtar’s fury burning inside her immortal heart. Gilgamesh did after all turn down the goddess’s advances to become her lover. Her furor unleashed the Bull of Heaven to wreak vengeance on Gilgamesh and his city and let the dead roam the earth. When you see a tree bleeding sap, you know there is a problem. And in such raw spaces as the Land of the Cedars, no thing survives for very long, even within the strongest ritual boundaries that myth can erect. In the eyes of those who meet Gilgamesh, his appearance is an index of the toils of the journey—how long he has wandered, amidst what emissions and debris, through what sights, and with what suffering. The inhabitants of the land at the end of the world have sunken cheeks, haggard faces, and hearts filled with sorrow. The cedar tree sap wraps around a fragile and mortally wounded human heart.”

 

Design Earth, led by Rania Ghosn and El Hadi, is an architectural practice that represents and speculates on the matters of climate change. Their commissioned projects include work for Venice Architecture Biennale, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Boston Design Biennale, Oslo Architecture Triennale. Design Earth’s work has been widely exhibited in international art and cultural institutions, including SFMoMA; Matadero, Madrid; MAAT, Lisbon; FRAC, Orléans; Sursock Museum, Beirut; Times Museum, Guangzhou; and Milano Triennale. Their project After Oil was acquired by New York’s MoMA.

 

Rania Ghosn is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. El Hadi Jazairy is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan.



DESIGNER/

Design Earth

DATE/

2020

MATERIALS/

Digital Print on Cardstock

DIMENSIONS/

30 x 30 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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Design Earth Volcano Dreams Digital Print Triptych; Ed. of 10 $4,500>

Design Earth has donated Volcano Dreams, a limited edition triptych (Ed. 10) inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh: “The skies roared with thunder and the earth heaved, Then came darkness and a stillness like death. Lightning smashed the ground and fires blazed out; Death flooded from the skies. When the heat died and the fires went out, The plains had turned to ash.”

 

“The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the journey of the legendary King Gilgamesh to the cedar mountains, where he encounters and slays the guardian of the forest, a monstrous giant with staring eyes and the face of a lion,” partners Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy write. “On each night of his journey, Gilgamesh has admonitory dreams. On the third night, he dreams of a volcano erupting. Gilgamesh marvels at the cedar trees, breathes in their incense, but all he can think and feel is that the Earth is shaking amidst the noise of thunder and lightning, and fire and ashes fall from the sky.

 

They continue: “On August 4, 2020, a fire broke into a warehouse in the Beirut Port, where 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate were carelessly housed, causing one of the strongest explosions registered worldwide. Perhaps it was Ishtar’s fury burning inside her immortal heart. Gilgamesh did after all turn down the goddess’s advances to become her lover. Her furor unleashed the Bull of Heaven to wreak vengeance on Gilgamesh and his city and let the dead roam the earth. When you see a tree bleeding sap, you know there is a problem. And in such raw spaces as the Land of the Cedars, no thing survives for very long, even within the strongest ritual boundaries that myth can erect. In the eyes of those who meet Gilgamesh, his appearance is an index of the toils of the journey—how long he has wandered, amidst what emissions and debris, through what sights, and with what suffering. The inhabitants of the land at the end of the world have sunken cheeks, haggard faces, and hearts filled with sorrow. The cedar tree sap wraps around a fragile and mortally wounded human heart.”

 

Design Earth, led by Rania Ghosn and El Hadi, is an architectural practice that represents and speculates on the matters of climate change. Their commissioned projects include work for Venice Architecture Biennale, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Boston Design Biennale, Oslo Architecture Triennale. Design Earth’s work has been widely exhibited in international art and cultural institutions, including SFMoMA; Matadero, Madrid; MAAT, Lisbon; FRAC, Orléans; Sursock Museum, Beirut; Times Museum, Guangzhou; and Milano Triennale. Their project After Oil was acquired by New York’s MoMA.

 

Rania Ghosn is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. El Hadi Jazairy is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan.



DESIGNER/

Design Earth

DATE/

2020

MATERIALS/

Digital Print on Cardstock

DIMENSIONS/

30 x 30 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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