ASWAN, Egypt: In spectacular scenery in the southern city of Aswan, creative rock sculptures stand amongst lakes, mountains and greenery in an attempt to revive the art that characterizes the ancient Egyptian civilization, as part of the Aswan International Sculpture Symposium that concluded Friday.
The Cultural Development Fund holds the symposium every year to merge old, modern, Egyptian and foreign art.
The sculptures stand amid natural rocks that have existed for ages in an open-air museum with extended horizons from all sides, overlooking an old lake that lies between Aswan Dam and the High Dam, and are made by “artists from all over the world with their creative works, motivated by desire and love to place their creations on the magical land of Aswan,” said artist Essam Darwish.
Some 132 foreign sculptors from 44 countries participated in the works, and 50 Egyptian sculptors carved their works in granite.
“The experience takes Egyptian contemporary sculpture back to the global arena in a strong and radiant way,” Darwish said.
“We are hoping that Aswan embrace the largest and most important contemporary sculpture museum in the world,” Darwish added.
The Aswan International Sculpture Symposium is an important experiment because sculpture has preserved Egypt’s artistic and cultural heritage, Minister of Culture Mohamed Arab said.
Symposium director Adam Hunein said “the world needs more festivals like this symposium” because it presents a rare portrait of collective dreams shared by countries around the globe to “create a new world that exudes beauty and goodness.”
Originally published in Youm7.