Storefront Art Walk (SAW)
May, 2013
5th. Avenue, Bay Ridge


The Safas of Al Safa

For SAW 2013, I approached the Safa family of the Al Safa restaurant to get permission to hang two images, visible to the street, as well as conducting conversations by the open windows on what makes people feel at home in a place.

For both walls, I chose to make a photograph of a local, blooming tree - as a soothing image for Mr. Safa who misses Lebanese trees, especially cedar trees. These tree flowers hang among his other photographs and objects from Lebanon.

I also hung cedar rings by the conversation window, inspired by the Lebanese trees Mr. Safa told me about.

I treated participants to Al Safa food with part of my SAW honorarium for materials.