The Lebanese House; Shattered Glass of Beirut; Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime – review

V&A; British Museum, London In all their ruined glory a Beirut house and ancient glassware are recreated or restored, two years after the city’s devastating port explosion. Plus, a magnificent snapshot of postwar Britain’s industrial might In August 2020, some 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate carelessly stored in Beirut’s ancient port suddenly exploded. The blast, one of the worst in world history, released a fireball miles into the air. In the briefest of moments before the whiteout, it was possible to see silver sparks flying – fireworks, lethally stored in the same depot – through the slowed images captured on mobile phones. The thunderclap was so loud it could be heard across the Mediterranean in Cyprus. At least 218 people lost their lives and 7,000 more were terribly injured. People spoke of being lifted into the air like feathers, of sudden deafness and hot blood in their eyes. Some buildings stood, unaccountably, while others right next to them collapsed in an instant. The explosion had the magnitude of a small nuclear bomb. Continue reading...

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