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Festival of Light 2016: Crystallized

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 2, 2016


Crystallized, by French artists, Jonathan Richer and David Chanel, was great fun to photograph. It is the second last work on the blue trail, in the covered Cardo.




I set this video to play the thirty seconds I shot of “Crystallized,” pointing the camera through the end of one of the tubes.

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Festival of Light, 2015 – Part 1

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 14, 2015


We were only able to go to the annual Festival of Light on two evenings, because of the bus strike. So my husband and I finished three trails in one night–white, red, and blue. That must be a record for us! Above and below are the “Blooming Meadow”, at Jaffa Gate.


“Children Drawing Light,” features drawings by the children of the Old City on lampshades. Actually, the installations this year featured a lot of children’s drawings.


“Shelf Life,” a video-mapping installation by Lior Bentov on the wall of the Armenian Quarter. The bookshelf projecting from the wall is the only construction. The rest is projection.


“National Heroes,” video installation by Yaron Zinman, was like watching an animated photo album.


“Scutum Calx” was a strange one to photograph, because it was 3D video-mapping on the facade of Batei Machsei. It looks better when you wear the red/green glasses but I couldn’t figure out a way to photograph that. 🙂


“Large Pendulum Wave” in the courtyard of the Hurva Synagogue was a very cool installation in which balls changed colour and swung back and forth, sometimes as a line, sometimes as a wave, and sometimes as a helix. They were controlled by rods and suspended from a frame, like those pendulum toys.


This year’s festival had a lot of musicians. I think I counted at least a dozen small bands, all wearing plastic jackets with strings of lights attached.


I am experimenting with putting a mark on my photos but this seems a bit large. I’ll try to make it a bit more subtle.

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Ahava Sculpture, Israel Museum

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 10, 2014


Robert Indiana’s Ahava (Love) sculpture (1977), photographed before and after sunset. A lot of my sunflare photos didn’t turn out well because I forgot to clean the filter. Important to remember!


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Big Bambú after Dark

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 10, 2014


More photos of the Big Bambú (full photo set on Flickr).


Guy davening mincha (afternoon prayer):


View of the center of the structure:



At night, the Big Bambú is lit by small lights within and larger lights on the perimeter.


Center of the Big Bambú, showing one of the walkways:


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Big Bambú by Day

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 10, 2014


The Big Bambú is an interactive installation at the Israel Museum. Twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn have created Big Bambú installations in New York, Venice, and now Jerusalem. If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s still some time, because it has been extended to the end of October. Admission, in addition to the general admission to the Israel Museum, is 10 NIS for adults and 5 NIS for children (museum members get in free). You need to book in advance because the numbers are limited. Make sure you read the rules before you go, because you can’t wear flip-flops, clogs, or high heels (sandals seem to be OK). Full photo set on Flickr.

It’s the size of a small apartment block, with many different levels. I think the best time to see it is around dusk, so that you can see the sunset and changing lights. At night, the Big Bambú is lit. According to the Israel Museum site, this installation took:

10,000 bamboo poles, 80,000 meters of climbing rope, 25 rock climbers, 7 weeks, 350 hours, and not a single architectural sketch. American artists Mike and Doug Starn were invited to use the Museum’s Art Garden to create Big Bambú – a 17-meter high installation built entirely of bamboo. The artists chose to name their Jerusalem installation 5,000 Arms to Hold You.



View of the top level, from below. People are sitting on couches.




The larger levels have comfortable areas for sitting and enjoying the view.



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Manofim: “Like a Plastic Plant”

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 22, 2013


Last night we went to Manofim (Hebrew word for cranes, the kind used for construction), an exhibit of contemporary art in Jerusalem. The exhibits are held at many different venues around the city, for one week only, Oct. 17-24, 2013. Each evening, lectures and performances are held in conjunction with a particular exhibit. There are also workshops, street performers, and theater events. This is the sixth year of the exhibit, and our first time attending it.

Beit Ticho (Ticho House on Rav Kook Street) was the venue for “Like a Plastic Plant,” an exhibit by multi-media artist Einat Arif Galanti. Her photos, still-life (pictured above and below), and stop-motion video explore the relationship between plastic and genuine flowers and vegetation. Last night’s events began with a discussion between Arif Galanti and Avinadav Begin (who looks remarkably like his famous grandfather, Menachem Begin). Begin spoke about the paradox of fruits and flowers that are considered native to this country (for example, pomegranate, olive tree, and local oak), which originate in other places. Arif Galanti compared her work to the water colour drawings of Anna Ticho, the artist whose work is permanently on exhibit at Beit Ticho, While Ticho depicted native flowers in local settings, Arif Galanti’s photos place wildflowers in cultivated European settings, which consciously mimic classic painting styles. (I hope I understood that correctly; my Hebrew isn’t great.)

This still-life is plastic flowers and real fruit encased in plexiglas. The fruit has decayed and covered with mold, while the plastic flowers are pristine.


Einat Arif Galanti (below). I couldn’t get a good shot of Avinadav Begin because I was sitting rather far back.


Pair of Arif Galanti’s wildflower photos, framed by the couple in front of me.


After the lecture, we walked out of the gallery accompanied by the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir (I think they were singing Brahms). We were given plastic roses and invited to “plant” them in the garden behind Beit Ticho.



The choir sang on the stone terrace above the garden. I’ll post a video later. The whole event took about an hour, from the start of the lecture to the end of the choral performance.



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Manchester Craft and Design Center

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013


The Manchester Craft and Design Center is housed in a renovated Victorian fish and poultry market, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Arndale Center. It contains two floors of artists’ studios and a small café. I didn’t buy anything. I just walked around and took a few photos. Much cheaper. 🙂


Glass mosaic studio.


Studio interior. There was a work room on the left and a display room on the right. The box compartments hold small cards decorated with buttons.





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Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 23, 2013

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

The colorful Pinturicchio frescoes of the Piccolomini Library are stunning. The wall panels depict the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (1405-64), later Pope Pius II, and were commissioned by his nephew Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, in 1492. The ceiling panels depict mythological subjects.

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

The statue visible below is the Three Graces, a Roman copy of the Greek original:

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Liturgical manuscripts:

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

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Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 5, 2012

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its construction began in 1294 and it was consecrated in 1442. Like Westminster Abbey, it houses the tombs of the rich and famous. Incidentally, the prominent Star of David in the facade was the work of the 19th century Jewish architect, Niccolo Matas of Ancona. He is buried under the porch, outside the walls of the church. I couldn’t get a clear shot of the facade because bleachers had been erected in the large square in front of the church. Photograph is permitted in the church, without flash or tripod.

View of the nave, looking towards the main altar.

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Nave, looking towards the door:

Santa Croce, Florence

Machiavelli’s tomb, by Innocenzo Spinazzi:

Macchiavelli's Tomb

Michelangelo’s tomb, by Giorgio Vasari:

Michelangelo's tomb

Dante’s tomb:

Dante's Tomb

Galileo’s tomb:

Galileo's Tomb

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Frescoes by Giotto:

Santa Croce, Florence

Giotto altar (1327), commissioned for the Baroncelli family:

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

In 1966, the Arno River flooded the area, causing considerable damage to the church and its artwork.

Santa Croce, Florence

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Michelangelo’s David in Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 13, 2012

Michelangelo's David

This is it — the real David in the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Florence. No, you’re not supposed to photograph it. But I hid in a bunch of photo-snapping tourists until the guard stopped us. Safety in numbers…

Two things I hadn’t expected were the size of the statue — it’s 16 feet tall — and the amazing detail. You really can see the sinews and muscles. It’s hard to believe that Michelangelo achieved such detail with stone.

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo's David

Dolled-up David in the courtyard:

Copy of David in Courtyard

Giambologna‘s gesso for his sculpture, “Rape of the Sabine Women” (1574-82). The sculpture itself is in the Loggia dei Lanzi, near the Uffizi gallery.

Rape of the Sabine Women, Giambola

One of Michelangelo’s four unfinished Prisoners, intended for Pope Julius’s tomb. I’m fairly certain it’s the Atlas slave.


“Coronation of the Virgin,” by Giovanni di Marco detto Giovanni dal Ponte (Florence 1385-1437):

Coronation of the Virgin with Angelic Musicians

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