Back to Earth

stone, steel dividers, collected natural and man-made waste materials


The 6th "Festival of Festivals" exhibition, Wadi Nisnas, Haifa, Israel, 1999


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Back to Earth

site before start of projectThe site, which was made up of two rather unrelated and neglected strips of land and situated by a busy traffic junction in central Haifa, suggested a horizontal, two-dimensional treatment on the ground level.













sketch drawingThe aim was to create a design, which links together the two sites through the suggestion of movement and to add richness of color and texture to an otherwise somewhat bleak and monotonous urban environment.



division of the site into fields




the artist collects waste materials for the installationUsing stones from a heap of rubble on the site and corrugated steel sheets the ground was divided into an organic pattern of fields of various sizes. With the help of classes of school children the artist then collected in the hills and forests surrounding the town a variety of waste materials, including branches, pine-cones and pine-needles, bark of Eucalyptus trees, palm leaves, gravel, thorns, rusty sheets of metal and empty beer bottles .



collected waste materials waiting to be used



the artist fills the fields with materialsThe fields were then filled with the collected materials.


These humble material, brought together in a new and surprising context, began to reveal the simple beauty of their colors and textures.


detail view of installation



pictures of the finished installation:















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