On the eastern edge of Damascus, a tunnel dug by Takfiri terrorists in the town of Jobar under a school has transformed into a small art gallery following liberation by the Syrian army. The network of tunnels running several kilometres at a depth of nine metres underground was used to connect underground militant field hospitals and bases.
Numerous figures in the wider Middle Eastern region have continuously expressed that arts and culture are torchbearers for change, and echoing that, the space has now been decorated by a small group of artists. The process took 25 days.
The sculptures and carvings put in place depict the Syrian army in its counterterrorism efforts, as well as interpretations of the ancient and modern history of the nation. In light of a time of ongoing conflict, the independent initiative and focus on arts and positivity has been commended by higher government figures, who have visited the new art space.