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Mušhuššu

Relais Pantin, Greater Paris 2022
Site-Specific Sculpture by UV LAB

Production Team: Khaled Alwarea, Nidal Abdo, Sameh Saad

Made 100% of proclaimed wood Mushussu is an urban structure that resembles a mythological beast. Taking an arch form, it welcomes the people entering the Relais, a restaurant, terrace, and association.

programmed to stay for two years, a main solid structure is hidden beneath the parametric mesh. 

 

The Mušḫuššu | 𒈲𒄭𒄊 | موشوسو | is a creature from ancient Mesopotamian mythology. A mythological hybrid, it is a scaly animal with hind legs resembling the talons of an eaglelion-like forelimbs, a long neck and tail, a horned head, a snake-like tongue, and a crest. The mušḫuššu most famously appears on the reconstructed Ishtar Gate of the city of Babylon, dating to the sixth century BCE.

MUŠ.ḪUS, letterly means 'reddish snake', sometimes also translated as 'fierce snake 

 

Mušḫuššu is the sacred animal of Marduk and his son Nabu during the Neo-Babylonian Empire. The dragon Mušḫuššu, whom Marduk once vanquished, became his symbolic animal and servant.

 

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