Always a Surprise
No matter how many times I come to Jerusalem there is something new to see. I do a lot of walking, always the best way to see a city and Jerusalem has so many interesting places to walk. It’s also quite hilly so you really get your exercise here. It’s such a cross between religious neighborhoods of all “stripes”, the secular Western world (unusual in this part of the world), and a place that celebrates a global presence.
Taking a different route this morning, brought me to the backside of an abandoned Christian orphanage on a prime piece of Jerusalem real estate that is now being turned into modern luxury apartments.
We have discussed propaganda in the Ancient Art History class and in Art Appreciation we have looked at graphic design. In both cases it’s interesting to consider how powerful graphics can be to convey a message. What is particularly interesting to think about is that in the religious community here in Jerusalem people don’t watch television, movies, play video games, or use computer except for work or study. So it’s very interesting that children’s backpacks have images from popular culture devoid of their “meaning”. What captures a child’s attention when they don’t know the story behind it?
The Sumo wrestler on the back of the truck obviously gives you a sense of how “macho” the delivery capabilities are of this trucking company. Do those following it even know it’s a sumo wrestler very scantily dressed? People dress modestly so are they offended seeing this or just puzzled?