Proposal Title: The Sanctuary, 10/15/2008, Installation
Proposal Synopsis: Located in the un-segregated heart of Baghdad, Iraq in the Ghazil Pet Market, this plaza draws upon traditional garden characteristics of water, shade, fruit trees, and flowers. It is bisected diagonally by a wall of transparent safety glass panels that extend beyond the boundary of the rectilinear garden into the surrounding market. The wall begins flush with the ground and rises to 20' at the plaza's center. The grove of orange trees will eventually obscure the wall. Four 10' wide panels of water flowing in different directions define the plaza's edge and the visitor's entrances.
The plaza is an ideal, a sacred space set in a busy market where Baghdad's diverse population regularly interacts. This wall, in a city of walls, dissolves into light; it is both invisible and present. Similarly exist the perceived boundaries between people, culture, ideals, life, and death.
In the garden, fragrant white flowers bloom and die on the evergreen orange trees and water flows ceaselessly in four directions to disappear beneath the paving stones. Standing on one side of the glass, one sees through the wall a place that is nearly the same but beyond reach.
Artist's Biography: Eileigh Doineau is a third year graduate student at the University of Georgia.
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