• Urban Toys
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  • Urban Toys
Urban Toys
By Nadim Karam 416 pages, Hardback, ISBN 1-86154-291-7 148.5 x 210cm October 2006

Urban Toys is about 'digging dreams out of cities' in the form of public sculptures and happenings that create pockets of fantasy in urban networks. Urban Toys chronicles Nadim Karam & Atelier Hapsitus' recent creations of relief and rebellion in the city. Working out of Beirut, they make their own rules for urban art with work that is, in the words of Peter Cook, 'unnervingly original'. Projects include groundbreaking work in post-war Beirut, post-communist Prague, sculptures for pavements of London and Tokyo, a poetic project in Todaiji temple in Nara and the Sandridge Bridge project on the Yarra River for the opening of the Commonwealth Games, Melbourne 2006. Their work in the creation of 'dream pockets' has grown in importance, given the increasing number of cities who have to add violence and terror to the pressures of urban life. Nadim Karam has been creating urban art projects for over a decade. With an abundant vocabulary of 'urban toys', he conceives, plans and organizes 'lapses of dreams' in cities. Growing up during the Beirut civil war, he left to study Temple Architecture Studies in Tokyo during the economic 'bubble' decade, and returned to witness the post-war destruction of his city. With terror in cities worldwide, he revives a childhood dream manifested in what he calls 'dream bombs'.