LOT 11
Tom Young
The Great Silo, Beirut (August 2020), 2020-2021
oil on canvas
60 x 80 cm

Estimate: $3,800 - $7,500
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About This Artwork

The Great Silo is now a monument to both the tragedy of the explosion on 4th August 2020, and also a heroic structure which protected much of central and Ras Beirut from the force of the blast. Tom Young’s studio and home were both devastated that day. He presents the Silo as a modern-day temple, reminiscent of Baalbek- a giant symbol of protection and strength in a moment of terror.

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  • About Tom Young

    Tom Young paints the changing nature of Beirut, the city which has been his home since 2009. Influenced by his architectural training, he depicts the city’s chaotic architecture and public spaces, exploring how they embody emotion and political change. Through painting and installations in iconic places such as La Maison Rose (2014-15), the Grand Hotel Sofar (2018-19), and his current exhibition at Hammam Al Jadeed in Saida Old Souq (2020-21), he explores themes of memory, transformation and coexistence. Whilst expressing the vulnerability of urban heritage in the face of modern development and sudden trauma, he creates a transcendent feeling of light and space.

    LOT 11
    Tom Young
    The Great Silo, Beirut (August 2020)

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    LOT 11

    Tom Young

    The Great Silo, Beirut (August 2020)


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