To a very dear friend Badwi Tannous Farah





To a very dear friend Badwi Tannous Farah

Departed ... And gone with you all joy ...

For them you are the Michael Angelo of this era ....

As for us ... You are still the son of Sebhel ... our beloved hometown and the son of the soil that we adore ....

Departed ... And in the depths you left a deep cut...

Today we mourn you ... overflowed with tears in our eyes ...  and Sebhel is clad with its black dress and overwhelmed with sadness ...

Your inspiration which stems from its air has added a great flair and an important touch to the real and genuine art ... carving stubborn rocks into luxurious statues which amazed the world with their accuracy and wonder..

The chisel in your hand has known the rock and it revealed its secrets to it.... and your chisel used to say to the newborn: "Be, and it was" ... Complex and flexible majestic creation...

You were a pioneer in the art of sculpture... You have given a great deal to Sebhel and to Lebanon... as gave Assad Sebaali and Antoine Sebaalani and Youssef Rouhana in the field of poetry and literature and as gave Wadih Ayoub in the field of sports.... You all are a source of pride for us and you set an example for both Sebaalese and Lebanese wherever they are ...

We will not forget the good old days which brought us together ... You are wandering in our mind and in our faded photo memory ... especially the time when you designed and sculptured the  memorial for the great poet Assad Sebaali which stands today erected in Sebaal’s Square to greet you on your way to your final home ...

In your departure both Sebhel and Lebanon have lost a large branch from the immortal Cedar and a great artist.

As we say good-bye today we salute you and vow to protect the school founded by you ... the School which reared the international artist Tony Badwi Farah who grew up on its principles and without any doubt he will safeguard your legacy and complete your mission with professionalism and dedication.... ...

As we say good bye, we hold on to our hearts filled with the love you exchanged cordially and generously with all your family members and with all those around you ... With sincere heartfelt condolences to all of them and to the Sebaal community in everywhere.

Khalil Tartak and Raymond Abi-Arraj

Sydney – Australia


 














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