New chain-link mosque unveiled in Vancouver

A transparent mosque made out of the same material as a chain-link fence is the first installation for the fourth Vancouver Biennale.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A transparent mosque made out of the same material as a chain-link fence is the first installation for the fourth Vancouver Biennale.

The work is called Paradise Has Many Gates by Ajlan Gharem, an artist from Saudi Arabia. It was officially unveiled Tuesday in Vanier Park.

The work, which is 9.7 m by 29.8 m (32 ft by 98 ft), is recognizable as a mosque by its minaret, dome, and ornate windows.

“The mosque is a conduit for the symbolic power wielded by all those above the unwitting individual, from elder brother to father, neighbourly imam and, eventually, the state,” Gharem has said about his work.

“The mosque is the public square reincarnate but with attendance mandatory, at least socially.”

On Wednesday, June 27, The Vancouver Biennale will hold a Sunset Picnic in the park to celebrate Multiculturalism Day. The picnic starts at 6 p.m. and continues to 9:22 p.m.

During the picnic, the mosque will be illuminated green as the sun sets.








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