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Jerusalem Festival of Light, 2011 (Part 1)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 19, 2011

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

I originally intended to post my photos of the Jerusalem Festival of Light, but if I do that I might never get around to it. So they’re a bit out of order because my photos from the first night we went are on my computer at work. These photos were taken the second night. We covered the orange route.

The first photo (above) was a zoom photo of “Echinodermus and Pissenlit” (Tilt, France). Here’s a normal shot of the installation:


The photo below is a panorama of three photos stitched together of Jaffa Gate.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2011

The flower below was also part of “Echinodermus and Pissenlit,” taken just after sundown when the sky turns a beautiful blue.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

Below: “Blazing Agelux” (Pitaya, France), along Armenian Quarter Road.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

Below: “The Art of Listening” (Bernardo Scolnik). My son guarded this for 11 hours during the day. We took him out for dinner just before we went out to the exhibit. Needless to say, he went home to sleep.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

I’m not sure what these feathers were. They don’t seem to be in the brochure:

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

“When Light Meets Sound” (Lichtpiraten), which encourages audience participation. I’m the shadow on the right.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

I don’t know who the girl is but I thought she was an interesting addition to the photo, so I left her in.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

“Field of Light” (Imagine Light Design Studio). The pillars changed colour and were sometimes pink rods, green rods, or like blue rain. I knelt by the fence in order to get a low enough angle to photograph the Hurva Synagogue through the pillars.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

“Night Train” (Malki Shem Tov and Yoav David). Video mapping project on Batei Machsei. This was a night watchman looking through the windows.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

“Popping Candy – Fantasy” (Itzik Iluz).

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

“OVO” (ACT Lighting Design & Ode au bois, Belgium). You can walk into this egg, which constantly changes colour and is reflected in a pool of shallow water around the walkway.

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

Inside the egg, looking up:

Jerusalem Light Exhibition 2011

“Light at the End of the Tunnel” (Ori Yardeni). I don’t recommend it. It’s a long walk from the City of David to Shiloah (Silwan, the entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel) in the dark, just to sit in a pitch-black sauna and listen to an archaeological melodrama in Hebrew. Not unlike trying to go to sleep in a sweltering Tel Aviv summer with the radio turned too loud. Those thirteen minutes seemed like forever. There is also a light show at the archaeological site of the City of David. If you saw the video projection last year, this year’s is very similar because it recycles the section at the beginning of the life cycle of the city and the middle section with the voice-over describing the archaeology. There are a couple new clips added, but not worth a special trip if you’re tired by the time you’ve finished the orange route.

"Light at the End of the Tunnel"

More photos on my Flickr set: Jerusalem Festival of Light 2011


8 Responses to “Jerusalem Festival of Light, 2011 (Part 1)”

  1. Mimi said

    Awesome photos, Avital.

  2. pam said

    Has it already bee3n a year?

    Your images are breathtaking. And I appreciate so much you sharing in such a beautiful way. I will be linking to this mid-week. Must share.

  3. Your zoom shot has worked very nicely, and it’s cool to see the original piece too… The Night Train is freaky though… lol… You sure have captured some very nice shots Avital..

    • Avital said

      Thanks, Brian. I used to find it impossible to do zoom shots with the cheap kit lens that I had. My new lens is a lot smoother and I can do them without a tripod. What a difference!

  4. Debbie said

    Your photos are fantastic, Avital! We’re aiming to go tonight. I take it that it is the orange route that takes you through the main part of the old city, passing the Churva, etc.? Is that correct?

    • Avital said

      The orange route takes you through the Jewish Quarter, past the Hurva, if that’s what you mean by “main part,” it doesn’t actually go through the Jewish quarter but around it for most of the way, around the Armenian Quarter and then into the Jewish Quarter. The blue goes through the Christian Quarter and the red through the Muslim Quarter. They give out maps. Look for the people lit up like signs. They’re the ones with the guides, in both Hebrew and English.

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