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The Goat Wall - Dahab, Egypt

This project adorns the outside wall of my daughter Bernadette’s house in Dahab, South Sinai. It was completed with the help of my husband, Mike, and numerous young Bedouin neighbors. All the tiles were collected from the streets and dump sites in this small beachside town.

On the top of the right side, it says marhab, or “welcome”  in Bedouin Arabic.

Near the sun, it says Habiba, my daughter’s Egyptian name,  and under that Nadim, her husband’s.

The Goat Wall, to the left of the gate, measures nearly 7 meters long and 2.5 meters high. It depicts a typical scene from Assala, the neighborhood where she lives, including goats and sheep penned in by an uneven wall, a camel, cats, a rooster, bougainvillea, oleander and palms, a butterfly, a mosque, an arisha (sunshade made of palm leaves), and a rag rug draped over a wall, with the amazingly blue sky and colorful Sinai mountains in the background.

© 2017 Ginda Simpson  ~ artist, writer, jewelry maker