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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Artiquea Art Gallery and Recycled Glass Grape Lights

Artiquea Gallery in London was established in 2008 by E. Darwich, previously a UN employee, who developed a growing fascination for art over the years of her career. The gallery's goal is to introduce Arab and Middle Eastern artists to the artistic mainstream in the UK and Europe in an effort to create a bridge between different cultures.

The gallery has a line of beautiful recycled glass grape lights. "Glass bottles are collected from all over the city and separated according to colour; after being smashed and washed, the fragments are melted down. In order to conserve purity, no more than one colour can be worked at the same time. The artisans labour around the clock as the furnace is never allowed to die down."

"They blow grapes and vases, mould spiral discs and bulbous glasses: they can make anything to order.  The skills are difficult, the glass is delicate and not many people outside Syria know of these wonderful resources."

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