Passageway

 

local limestone rocks, stone paving, olive trees, herbeceous plants

 

Sculpture Garden for Peace and Coexistence,

Kaukab Abu-Elhija, Israel, 1996

 

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Passageway

The idea for this installation arose from the topographical situation of the place, which is situated on the ridge of a hill. From here the visitor is offered two strikingly different views: one view westwards towards the Mediterranean Sea and the other one towards Kaukab village, which is beautifully situated on a rounded mound against the backdrop of successive layers of mountain ridges leading towards the Upper Galilee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sketch model made from local limestone piecesInspired by his first impression, the artist created an ad-hoc sketch model on site, using small pieces of local limestone.The design accentuates the transition from one view to the other by creating a passageway, marked on either side by monolithic blocks of local stone of varying shape, size and orientation.

 

sketch-drawing of the envisaged installation, view from east

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a crane hoists large blocks into placeThe sculpture was created on site, during a period of three intensive weeks and with the help of the local community.

 

 

the artist works on natural-stone-paving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of the finished installation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The experience of the visitor following the path from the southwest is lead to a culminating point when passing through a narrow gate which is accentuated by the tallest rocks. After passing this gateway the space opens up onto an open paved area of rounded and slightly concave shape. Here the view is directed towards the village, which one is meeting here, as it were, for the first time. A subtle correspondence can be felt between the concave shape of the surface one is standing on and the convex shape of the village on the mound one is facing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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