Architecture, sculpture, installations can all be found in Jerusalem and always the unexpected. There is always something new to see or experience and much that stays the same. That’s easy to do when you are in a place that’s been around for many thousands of years. Our final day included a visit to the Israel Museum, where sculptures abound.
Strange creatures in the shopping center, no idea who the artist is.
When walls are taken down the individual stones are numbered so when the wall is reconstructed they can be installed in the proper place.
Right in the center of town on the pedestrian mall is this giant radio whose dial can be changed to deliver whatever kind of music you might be like from classical to jazz to rock and roll. Lots of fun and people really get into it.
At the Tower of David Museum several walls had these red elements meant to simulate the prayers people fold up and try to tuck into the crevices of the Kotel (Western Wall, holiest site for Jews).
A concrete piano in the center of town. This particular “poser” didn’t make such a great impression with his musical talent but we passed by this often and heard some very good piano playing.
Rodin in the foreground, Ai Wei Wei iron trees in the middle ground and Shrine of the Book (containing the Dead Sea Scrolls) in the background.
Ai Wei Wei iron trees (more about this in another post)
Contrast is striking between one of the retaining walls of the sculpture garden, a minimalist sculpture of tile (not sure who the artist is) and the remainder of one of the Starn Twin “Big Bambu” works
Zadok Ben David, “Horse Power”, 1999
Kids on a field trip with their teacher, “shaking” down the olives from the olive tree It’s quite an operation you don’t think about when you eat olives. It’s a fitting way to end a trip to Israel, where olives are a symbol of peace we are always hopeful will come to this part of the world and soon!