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Today is Shavuot, thus Chag Sameach!

Today’s photo is from artist Ran Morin and it is his ‘floating tree’.

I love this whole idea and the realization of this piece has turned out splendidly. It is certainly a tourist stop on most tours in Jaffo.

From Israel21c.org,

“Ran Morin’s unusual sculpture Orange Suspendu draws thousands of tourists each year who stand beside it and marvel. Like many others who admire his work, Israeli environment artist Ran Morin’s favorite sculpture is a centerpiece of Jaffa’s Old City. Although the artist labors years, sometimes decades, over projects spanning a number of Jerusalem’s historic archeology sites, it’s the orange tree, Orange Suspendu that hovers both in situ and in the mind.

Created in 1993, Orange Suspendu hangs in an entranceway to a cobblestone path leading to galleries and art studios, where it is held about a meter above ground by wires. The unusual city landmark – only seconds away from the Mediterranean Sea – draws thousands of tourists each year who stand beside it, marveling.

This is true even for those who don’t know the history of the famous Israeli export, the Jaffa orange which was packed and shipped from the Jaffa Port starting in the late 1800s, and which continues to be a favorite the world over. The Jaffa orange tree is also a symbol for the local Arab Israeli population, who share the multicultural city with their Jewish neighbors.”

I hope all of you are having a wonderful day, wherever this find you.

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You are in for a treat is you are visiting Jerusalem in the next few days, as the annual(now it seems) Festival of Lights is taking place. It is my first year to attend this event and it was well worth it. Mind you, parking is crazy and there are tons of people everywhere, but it is still worth making the trip and fun for the whole family. To me, it just seems like such a neat happening for the city to hold and very exciting to see the Old City in a completely different way. Plus supporting art and anything embracing art is good. There are two shows that aren’t included and cost money to see, but otherwise the festival is free. There are also a lot of little things around that you can buy to nibble on and also some lovely lighting fixtures to gaze at, so bring some change! To note: The festival will be closed tonight, Friday 8th, and will resume an hour after Shabbat until midnight. (Good to know!)

“The annual Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem will be taking place between June 6-14, and will be once again adding a stunning and dramatic dimension to the amazing Old City walls and alleyways.If you enjoyed the Old City before, then head on over to this unique Light Festival to see this amazing place in a new light, quite literally!  (more…)

Update for The Tabula Rasa Street Art Project

This is update to my first post on the Jlem Street Art Scene (Tabula Rasa), found by clicking this.

The very nature of street is that is is in a constant state of change and growth. The reality of this art form is, from the moment of completion, decay and altercations. The artist isn’t able to control that ebb and flow once they release it and therefor being able to document it somehow makes it more valid as a part of the history of the space in which it was found.

A clever play on the Hebrew spelling of Jerusalem.  Continue reading

Vespa Adventures, Jerusalem Street Art

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Tabula Rasa: Jerusalem Urban Art Project #Shuk Machane Yehuda We had to make an unexpected trip into Jerusalem today to renew my scooter insurance, and what would a trip to Jlem be without a quick walk through the Machane Yehuda Shuk? I mostly like to go around this area because there is always some new, political street art that pops up and strikes… Read more.