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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Design Details No. 17 - Palm Leaf Broom...


I initially came across the, quite ingenious, use of palm leaves as brooms in Nizwa, Oman, a bit 'off the radar' location where the use of such adapted tools didn't necessarily seem too out of place. Subsequently, however, I also saw one being used in Manama, a more urban setting, a few months back. It does, indeed, seem to be an universally appropriate means for sweeping that in many ways is more versatile and adaptable than a manufactured broom. The included short video, a somewhat openly-covert attempt to film the gentlemen sweeping without making them excessively self-conscious about my doings, was taken in Nizwa in the Spring of 2010... 

Above & Below: Sweeping action at the La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art in Manama, Bahrain...



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