The Velvet Rocket features a big report on the Mleeta RL, an South Lebanon Hezbollah touristic park of the ongoing war, a unique experience of the Islamic resistance against the Israeli enemy, intended as a presentation of the “conflict with Israel and a celebration of their role in it”.
A 1:1 scale stronghold model constructed in a “quadrate shape in order to mimic the Muslim’s Kiblah, while pointing to four sides: the north and south that represent the journey of the flying birds that seek a warm homeland, the east that points to the sunrise of the resistance and its society, and the west that points to the fading star of the occupation and tyranny.”
The project belongs to an advanced and modern school of architecture, which faced a challenge regarding the structure of its oblique walls and sloping ceilings.
Because the life of the resistance fighters was simple, but deep with meaning and inspiration, Mleeta landmark was structured in a harmonic and similar way to this life. Hence, its foundations embraced great artistic symbols and significance through the scenic and artistic works that mimic the experience of the Mujahedeen in building and camouflaging the concrete fortifications.”
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Things Magazine defines the sculpture/installation at the heart, The Abyss, “a literal piece of deconstruction, a jingoistic diorama on a 1:1 scale”, filled with military vehicles, boots, bombs captured from Israeli army between 1982 and 2006.
A Merkava-4 tank lies at the center, with its barrel tied in a knot.
A second point of interest is The Path, a trail which connected Hezbollah’s different fighting positions during Israeli occupation, presenting different scenes of the conflict. Military barricades, supplies reinforcement points from the backlines through the military frontlines, construction operations, surface to surface missiles bases, first-aid units.
The cave, evolved from the initial 1m gap, used as a refuge from the bombardment, to a 200 m tunnel, and it was eventually transformed into a huge camouflaged military base, spanning an area of 4000 square feet, invisible from enemy air observation, called The Point. Housing several rooms, and equipped with water supply, electricity and ventilation, the Point allowed more than 7000 militants to use it as barracks.
The Freedom Field is an area at the end of “The Path” deputed to the exhibition of the arsenal possessed by Hezbollah.
The Exhibition building features a diverse array of equipment captured from Israeli forces over the years, plus english dubbed videos, maps.
Finally, The Hill, a platform from which one can overlook the extension of the Mleeta park, while simbolically share the Hezbollah’s heritage.