Thursday, June 17, 2010

Larger than life Zion Gate

So much to see! I went back for a second night of the 2nd annual Festival of Light in Jerusalem's Old City and still didn't see everything.

Please enlarge this one to enjoy the details.

Guards had to hold back the pedestrian traffic for a minute to let this golf cart squeeze through the angled, narrow Zion Gate.

But what light artists Malchi Shem Tov, Asaf Shem Tov, and Amit Fisher were projecting onto the gate transformed it into something much bigger.

They describe it like this:
"Jerusalem is the gate to the whole world. The ultimate terminal in which every passenger feels at home."

Here is the Zion Gate in normal times, with a car maneuvering out of the Old City and into Mt. Zion.
The gate just recently had a cleaning and a restoration. But the shell and bullet holes from the wars were left as a reminder.


Anonymous said...

I suppose it is nice of them to leave the marks of violence around. Adds to the authenticity of the place. I still can't see how that car got out of the situation is appears to be in.

Dina said...

Abe, the bigger cars have to reverse at least once to get out.
Only residents of the Old City are allowed to enter with their cars.
Well, cabs too, and the short Egged bus.

Jørgen Carlsen said...

Very interesting to see the difference between the two shots - and I think it is fine to preserve the bullitholes, just to remind...

Robin said...

Okay, now I am seriously beside myself with envy - how cool is that station!

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Nathalie said...

Bullet marks - sigh.

"Jerusalem is the gate to the whole world. The ultimate terminal in which every passenger feels at home." - I'm not sure about that, I feel it's a bit presumptuous to say that. Why would people from China, India, south America and the depth of Africa necessarily feel a sense of connection to this city? I had a Christian upbringing but I think Jerusalem would feel as foreign to me as Helsinki, La Paz or Athens.

The lighting project sounds wonderful anyway

Louis la Vache said...

That top image really is marvelous - and what a counter-point to the bullet and shell-scared reality in the image below!

Sara said...

The gates of I long to visit them once again!

L. D. Burgus said...

Such an interesting blog. I was shocked to see a car in the gate.

VP said...

You know I love and respect the place, but the comments of these glorified electricians are a bit pompous and over the top.
I am glad they restored the gate, leaving the scars.

spacedlaw said...

That lighting looks wonderful!

Jew Wishes said...

These are impressive photos! And, it is a great comparison with the two captures.

I like the first photograph with the lighting...adding so much drama to the setting.

Reader Wil said...

If walls could talk... But it's a fact that this gate has seen a lot of events, some of them good others bad. It's good that the scars of history are still there as silent witnesses.

Petrea said...

I'm not sure I'd feel at home there either, but I'd love to see it. A fascinating pair of photos, they don't seem to be of the same thing.