Friday, March 5, 2010

Pull out a seat, sit down!

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I found a small museum inside the Supreme Court Building.
It is called the Judicial Heritage Museum.
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At the center of the above photo is Israel's Declaration of Independence. (We do not have a constitution.)
Surrounding it are all kinds of video presentations about legal matters.
The screens are better seen in the reflections up on the ceiling--a gift for James and his group at "Weekend Reflections."

I was the only person in the museum (maybe it was after opening hours, dunno, just walked in).
But when a group comes in for a tour, each person can pull out a seat and sit.
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Maybe RuneE will count this as a bench for his "Bench on Friday"?
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The furniture in the Supreme Court Building was designed by the architects themselves.
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26 comments:

Gunn said...

Smart!:-)
Interesting posting.

VP said...

I am not sure if these could be considered benches, but they are an unusual and nice solution for the place.
It's wonderful when you are alone in any kind of museum!
By the way Israel seems to do fine with Basic Laws...

Kay said...

That is such a clever way to create places for people to sit. It's a beautiful place.

RuneE said...

These qualify as the most original seats I have ever seen!

Simple and extremely elegant.

Paulie said...

Unique! I occasionally call some of my "benches" a bench for one so this might qualify also -- especially since there are many are seem to form a bench if all pulled out. Love them!

Mine is on my other blog for http://theloveofbenchescontinued.blogspot.com

spacedlaw said...

That is a most amazing bench, Dina.

Leif Hagen said...

I love the pullout seats! Very fun! A nice little surprise you found in that building!

JM said...

The seat system is fantastic! Also great composition (1st pic)!

moneythoughts said...

I am curious about your statement that Israel does not have a constitution. Where do the laws of the Torah fit in? And, does Israeli law come from English Common Law?

Suzanne said...

Clever design. If I were RuneE I'd award you the most creative seat almost ever.

Pat said...

What a great idea--seats that pull out from the wall. This is a striking building, very unusual.

Jørgen Carlsen said...

Creative seats, indeed...

Lindz said...

now that is great, a museum with a seat, it's not common but it make sense so it makes it more comfortable to watch the videos..

Xavi said...

Very interesting bench and reflections, Dina.

Cloudia said...

cool chairs!


No constitution? Tell us more about that, Dina.


Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!


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Hilda said...

Very clever!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

These seats are so creative. Every house and public building should come with some built into the walls! They need a special name. Let's invent one.

Jan
GDP

Rajesh said...

Beautiful building. Fantastic usage of space. Nice concept of pulling the seats out to sit.

Dina said...

Thanks to you all for the comments. Glad you enjoyed the special sliding seats.

Moneythoughts and Cloudia, you ask about the lack of a constitution.
As VP said, Israel has Basic Laws. The idea is that someday the Basic Laws will be incorporated into a constitution.
In 1949 the newly elected leaders of the new nation were supposed to draw up a constitution. But opposition came from the religious Jews, who opposed the idea of their nation having a document which the government would regard as nominally "higher" in authority than religious texts such as the Bible, Talmud, and Shulkhan Arukh.

Wike has a not too long explanation at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_Laws_of_Israel

easternsparkle said...

That is a fantastic ceiling - wonderfully reflective :)

Pietro said...

Interesting post! That deserted museum is really amazing, and the seats maybe are works of art ;-)

Cassie said...

Pull out a seat! How cool is that?

Lucy Corrander said...

It's a strange looking place; cool colours, stylish (maybe) - but I'm not sure I'd want to linger.

Lucy

cieldequimper said...

I think your Supreme Court and its outbuildings will be the first thing I visit if I go to Jerusalem.

Louis la Vache said...

Very clever. This building is truly an architectural gem.

Nefertiti said...

une ambiance indefinisation...

bravo