Artwork Details

  • Artist Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
  • Title Lebanese Rocket Cedar IV: a reconstitution
  • Date 2011
  • Medium Iron, Corian
  • Dimensions 800 x 120 x 100 cm
  • Credit Produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
Lebanese Rocket Cedar IV: a reconstitution Image


In the early 1960s, a group of students led by professor of mathematics Manoug Manougian at the Armenian Haigazian University in Lebanon designed and launched rockets for the purpose of exploring and studying space. With the involvement of the Lebanese Army and other researchers, the programme expanded. Thus the Lebanese Rocket Society was born. The project was not militaristic; rather its aim was to promote science and research. The work came to a sudden halt in 1967 and has been completely forgotten since. Lebanese Rocket Society includes documents, archives, reconstitutions, and an art installation that explores this history. It asks whether it is possible to create a monument inspired from Cedar 4, the three-storey rocket that became emblematic of the riveting adventure of the Lebanese Rocket Society after its launch in 1963.