Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jerusalem's Public Art

My brother-in-law works in "public art" in the western USA. He has never been to Israel. I wonder what he'd think of Jerusalem.

Yesterday, when the bus slowed down, and I saw this, all I could think of was:
"What a gorgeous still life."
Still Life, Light Rail, Ramat Eshkol, Jerusalem
Then we turned the corner and passed the "White Calder." Some kids were using it as a prop for Jerusalem's mayoralty elections.
Calder at French Hill, Jerusalem
I like the "still life" better. They both look even more special, due to the effect of the dirty scratched bulletproof bus windows.

8 comments:

Hadassa DeYoung said...

Shalom!
We call the pseudo-Calder the exploding spleen.
And as long as we're being art critics (that was actually my major) here's my opinion of the "Gesher Meitarim", lit. bridge of chords: nice bridge in the wrong place. I compare it to the pyramid installed in the courtyard of the Louvre in Paris: well designed but totally incongruous.
Hadassa

Batya said...

Art!?! So your jewelry business is the "real you." I was wearing your earrings when I took that picture.
Why do you refer to the white thing as "pseudo?"
Interesting read on the string bridge. It is rather absurd.

Leora said...

I like your seeing art in the first photo. Thanks for explaining the bus glass. I was concerned about your camera.

Batya said...

Where ever I am, I look at things as if through a camera lens. A quirk I guess.

I tried to find the best window, but...

Hadassa DeYoung said...

Shavua Tov!
Is that a real Calder, Alexander Calder?! I always like his works and I can't stand that white monstrosity! I didn't click on the link. I will now.
I left art school to come to Israel. One thing led to another and I found myself married and settling Gush Katif instead of finishing art school in Israel. I returned to my high school hobby of jewelry making because I either don't have the time or don't have the space to go back to drawing, oil painting etc.
Hadassa

Batya said...

Yes, of course it's a real Calder "stabile," like the one which has been mobilized along Sd. Herzl. I believe/vaguely remember that they were among his last.

Hadassa DeYoung said...

Shalom!
I Googled Calder's installation works. I found the "Jerusalem Stabile" that was temporarily mobile (I love Calder's mobiles) until recently returned to Sd. Hertzl. Red paint has been imported to return "Jerusalem Stabile" to its former self. I did not find any mention of the "White Calder". What am I missing? Thanks,
Hadassa

Batya said...

It's a Calder, possibly one of the very last. Maybe some pc-lefty is ignoring it because of the location.