Harduf Community Roundabout

student project at the "Artways" School of Art with involvement of the local community,

Kibbutz Harduf, Israel, 2011-12

 

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Harduf Community Roundabout

 

the roundabout at the outset of the projectThe project was conceived as an environmental design project for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students at the Artways School of Art and was to include involvement of the Harduf community. The chosen site was a traffic roundabout in the Harduf community which, inspite of being very central, had never been given a proper landscaping.

 

student working on sketch model for the roundabout

 

final sketch model for the roundabout The students began the project with a study of the site and its environment, including taking measurements, drawings and interviews with people living in the community and coworkers of the neighboring work-places. Based on the summary of this initial research the students, guided by the artist, defined the objectives and guiding principles of the artistic design. Among these emphasis was put on the motifs of turning movement, of center and periphery, and of the theme of "individual versus community". In the course of 3 weeks the students worked on a number of sketches and models, both two- and three-dimensional.

From the wide range of models and approaches one model was chosen which was then presented at a communty gathering.

 

 

 

 

 

student working on pavingAfter a period of searching for and orderingĀ appropriate materials the realization of the project started in December 2011.

 

students working on laying pebbles in concrete

 

 

 

class 9 students of the Harduf Waldorf School help with moving earthThe building process included placing large boulders in the center of the traffic island, laying river boulders into a bed of concrete, paving with natural flagstones, placing and casting wooden poles in concrete and spreading earth in preparation for planting.

Members of the Harduf community and High School pupils of the Harduf Waldorf School participated at various stages of the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the completed environmental sculpture

 

families from the community help with planting

 

 

The project was inaugurated in the spring of 2012. The design includes lighting which illuminated the sculpture at night.

 

 

the completed roundabout

 

roundabout at night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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