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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2014: “Garden of Dreams” and “Tower of Light”

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 26, 2014


“Garden of Dreams” (Jaffa Gate Plaza) and “Tower of Light” (Tzahal Square) are both by Luminarie De Cagna (Italy). Interestingly, De Cagna is an Italian family-run business that was founded in 1930. In those days they illuminated buildings for festive occasions with gas and carbide lights. Since 2006 they have only used LEDs for their installations, which, they stress, greatly reduces the electricity consumption of their lavish constructions.






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Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010 (3rd night)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 21, 2010

"Heart of Gold"

Photo above: “Heart of Gold,” by Itzik Iluz

I didn’t think I would make it to the Jerusalem Light Exhibit a third time. It was the last night (Wed., June 16), I was tired and feeling down, and wasn’t sure I wanted to carry a tripod, camera, and couple lenses all over the Old City by myself. I was standing outside work, trying to decide whether to take the minibus home or the one that goes into downtown Jerusalem. I actually tried to phone my husband three times to ask him to decide for me! (He had left his phone at work, so that wasn’t much use.) Then I saw a man on crutches getting on one of the minibuses and realised that I had no real excuses. At least I could get to the exhibit with the weight of the photography equipment. So I took the Rehavia minibus into town and got off at Graphos.

I arrived around 6:20, much too early for the light show. I wandered around Ben Yehuda (photographed the “Open Studio,” while they were doing a broadcast), the Mamilla Center, and the Old City. I ended up walking to the far end of the orange trail, by which time it was getting dark. In theory, it was an excellent idea, because I figured I could work my way back and photograph the farthest sites before the crowds arrived. In practice, it’s not easy. The orange trail winds through some narrow alleys; walking in the opposite direction is truly swimming against the tide.

I’m not going to include links for all the artists and installations because that would take too much time. This link will take you to the official site with all that information.

Batei Machase Square was the site of an animated projection, “Touch of Light,” by Malchi Shem Tov, Asaf Shem Tov, Amit Fisher. It was very impressive but, to be honest, I preferred last year’s installation, “Ori,” by Ronen Aricha, Ori Ben-Shabat, and Yosef Meir Jimi (photo here). “Ori” was truly magical and showed a day in the life of a boy, from pre-dawn to late evening. “Touch of Light was a surreal depiction of a crack appearing in the building, the crumbling of the wall, and large bubbles flowing out of the interior. The photo below shows the transition. By the way, it was too crowded to set up a tripod, so all my photos of this site were taken hand-held (more photos here).

"A Touch of Light"

The story of the recently rebuilt (for the third time) Hurva Synagogue was projected on the side of the Hurva itself. This installation was called “From Your Ruins I will Build You,” by Amit Shay.  Other photos here.

"From Your Ruins I Will Build You"

“Heart of Gold” is a fairly small fiber-optic sculpture in the Davidson Center, outside the entrance to the Western Wall plaza (good place to find a free public toilet if the main public toilets in the Western Wall plaza are too crowded or out of service). If you enter via the Dung Gate, the entrance is down some steps on your left, and you make almost a U-turn to get to the entrance of the Davidson Center. The ticket area (it was free for the exhibit) is underneath the road. “Heart of Gold” changed colour constantly, so it was fun to photograph.

"Heart of Gold"

This is one of two wedding dresses created from optic thread and a video projector. I’m not sure why the two dresses are called “A Dress for Five People.”

" A Dress for Five People"

This shot of Gil Teichman’s “Fans of Light” in the Kidron valley was a tough one to get. In fact, you’ll notice that there is no real photograph on the official exhibit site, just an artist’s conception or enhancement. It’s so dark that you need a fairly long exposure. At the same time, the light beams are moving so fast that you can’t have the shutter open too long. I ended up photographing this in RAW at a fairly high ISO.

"Between Heaven and Earth"

The lighting of Absalom’s Tomb and other graves in the Kidron Valley is part of the “Fans of Light” installation.

Absalom's Tomb, Jerusalem

“A Mound Comes to Life” in David’s City tells the story of a city’s birth and destruction with an animated projection. It went through the stages of a city, from the buildings being constructed, a tree growing, fire destroying the city (photo below), and smoke rising from the ashes. After the story projection, different rooms were lit and there was a commentary about them. It was a small but impressive display.

"A Mound Comes to Life"

So that’s the end of my Light Exhibit 2010 photos. If you plan to see all the exhibits, allow yourself two nights. If you want to see any of the performances as well, you’ll need three nights to cover everything. The trails were much better list this year with light cables; last year the hanging Chinese lanterns were difficult to spot and it was easy to step off the trail without realising it. The crowds were better controlled, in part by changes like designating entrances and exits for small sites and the Cardo. Entrance to all the exhibits and installations is free. Entrance to the Pyromania performance was 50 NIS, which I consider a bargain. I’m looking forward to next year’s exhibit.

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Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010 (2nd Night)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 15, 2010

We went back to the Jerusalem Light Exhibit (“Light in Jerusalem“) last night to see the Pyromania performance and the yellow trail. I want to go back another night — with a tripod and without my husband. 🙂

These three photos are the Pyromania production, “History of Light.” (I found a YouTube video of their performance at last year’s light exhibit.)

Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010

Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010

Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010

Tower of Church of the Redeemer (yellow trail, Christian quarter):

Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010

Muristan fountain (yellow trail, Christian quarter). A couple dancers with torches were performing on one side of the fountain, so I photographed it from the back.

Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010

In the Cardo (orange trail) a glass blower shaped a hollow tube into two wine glasses:

Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010

The rest of the Jerusalem Light Festival 2010 photos are here.

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Jerusalem Light Exhibit 2010

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 11, 2010


This past Wednesday (June 9), the second Jerusalem Light Exhibit opened. We enjoyed it very much last year and agreed that it really needs more than two nights to see everything. Because we started with a dinner (belated celebration of my husband’s birthday), we agreed to do the two less crowded routes, the green and red trails. The green trail runs from Tzanchanim Square (the New Gate) to Zedekiah’s cave (a 2nd Temple period quarry) just past the Damascus Gate. The photo above of the San Salvador tower of Terra Santa Custodia was taken a couple blocks in from the New Gate. (Handheld, photographed in RAW).

The Damascus Gate had a colourful animation projected on its facade.


Zedekiah’s Cave was lit with swirling blue and green and purple lights to suggest an underwater cave. It was quite appropriate, considering that this cave always seems to be wet inside. The bubbles emitted by a bubble machine behind a photograph of a diver suggested darting fish. At the far end of the cave was a light installation with  lasers and a digitized, vividly coloured projection of swimming fish. Clear inflatable panels suggesting water were placed between the viewers and the light installation to suggest water. That’s why this photo isn’t very sharp.


The plaza in front of Jaffa Gate was filled with what looked like glowing bullrushes (this display is part of the orange trail, which we hope to do next week).



Along the red trail I grabbed this quick photo of Pyromania, the music, dance, and light troupe, over the fence (this year they are charging for the performance). They were excellent last year. I hope we manage to see them this year.


Light sculptures along the way…


Fish in a net

Zion Gate was turned into a gateway into an airport, with sounds of boarding announcements and moving escalators. Because they hadn’t closed the gate to traffic, the sight of cars driving into an airport concourse was striking.

Zion Gate

Instead of fighting your way to the stands for a map, you can get one from young people wandering around with am illuminated “i” attached to them. Nice idea!

Mobile information booth

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