One of the key material applications explored by Desert Cast is the gypsum extrusion conducted in vast sprawling yards, and used to replicate luxurious decors of a generalised ‘Western society’. The gypsum extrusion is symbolic of both the reapplication and
glorification of a dual cycle of orientalist values, but is also indicative of the way this representation is processed through local craft. Although the origins of the highly embellished decors may be a mesh of forms that are predominantly taken from classical
architecture, the end result is stripped of authentic materials and specificity and just a hollow replica in gypsum using abstract forms and empty symbolism.