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Save Omar Beach Sculpture

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Kings Road
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:None
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Object setting:Other
Access is:Public
Location note:On the beach approximately 500metres west of the Palace Pier
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:E9
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Company/Group :General public
     Role:Artist

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General Information

Commissioned by: The Save Omar Campaign
Construction period:10 March 2007
Unveiling date:10/03/2007
Work is:Lost
Object listing:Not listed
Description:The number '727' created with orange stones from the beach laid onto a black cloth.

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Classification

Categories:Temporary, Natural
Object type1:Landscape
Subject type1:Symbolic

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Object Parts

Part 1:Number
     Material:1740 orange beach stones
Part 2:Base
     Material:Black cloth

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History:Prisoner supporters leave no stone unturned
From the The Argus, first published Wednesday 7th Mar 2007.

Supporters of Guantanamo prisoner Omar Deghayes will create a huge sculpture to draw attention to his plight. Mr Deghayes, a Libyan national who lived with his family in Brighton for 15 years, has been held in the Cuban detention facility for more than four years without trial or charge. Save Omar campaigners will use 1,740 stones - one for each day he has been detained - to mark out his prison number, 727, on Brighton beach on Saturday. Campaigner Sue Williams said: ''Like all good landscape art we will respect the environment so no stones will be removed from the beach.
''In turn, we ask people walking on the beach to respect our sculpture and, if they wish, to add a stone a day so that the sculpture becomes a way of marking the time Omar has lost in a prison.''
Abubaker Dehayes, Omar's brother, said: ''People in Brighton have stood by my brother, shown compassion and a sense of justice. I hope that the Foreign Office and Home Office will do the same.''
The sculpture will be built between the two piers from 2pm to 4pm.


Sculpture for Guantanamo detainee
From the The Argus, first published Monday 12th Mar 2007.

Supporters of a ''War on Terror'' prisoner detained in Guantanamo Bay have created a beach sculpture to make sure he is not forgotten. About 15 people spent two hours using piles of pebbles on Brighton beach to create the number 727, which has been issued to Omar Deghayes, a resident of the city who has been held captive in the US-run jail. The sculpture was made with 1,740 stones - one to mark every day Omar has spent in captivity. A spokesman for Save Omar, the campaign group attempting to free him, said: ''Like all good landscape art, we will respect the environment so no stones will be removed from the beach. ''In turn, we ask people walking on the beach to respect our sculpture and, if they wish, to add a stone a day so that the sculpture becomes a way of marking the time that Omar has lost in Guantanamo.'' Mr Deghayes, a former student, from Saltdean, was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 on terror charges but has never faced trial. As a child he fled his native Libya for Britain as a refugee. The British Government has refused to intervene in his plight because he has never been formally granted British citizenship.

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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