Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Victory for beauty and sanity

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Welcome to ABC Wednesday V Day.
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Not all is vexing and vitriolic here in the volatile Middle East.
In Jerusalem, in the heart of the Old City, we are all enjoying a free Festival of Light this week.
Visitors from all over, together with the residents, are strolling peacefully and in awe through the little lanes.

Very vivid was this line of laundry swinging in the summer night's breeze.

Venus was right above the new moon, looking down on the swaying green grasses created by the TILT Group from France.

Little kids especially were fascinated by the humorous light sculptures made of light nets and LED ropes.

VIVID imagination!
I was spellbound watching artist Ronen Aricha create this portrait.
The red mark is where his laser is sketching.

If you enlarge this one photo taken with flash you can see the stones and the top of the Old City city wall.
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The Festival website says
"With the aid of simple tools every person can become an artist and draw on the 'most special canvas in the world'--the Old City walls. The laser is the paintbrush and the light is the paint. The play between art, technology and history renews traditional graffiti art and offers a new and progressive interpretation to the field."

Here's how the portrait ended up (until it was erased).
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Who do YOU say he is?!
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36 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Of course we don't know. Moses? Elijah? we have it in our mind's eye what people look like, thanks to Charlton Heston...
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hood Photo Blog said...

Very nice photos. I like the one with the moon and Venus :)

Hood Photo Blog

Hildred and Charles said...

Great photos and a nice choice for V - here's to more beauty and sanity!

Robin said...

I'm totally jealous - I so wanted to go to the festival but I couldn't work it out, we're just stretched too thin this week. I'll have to live vicariously through you and your lovely photos.

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Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

O what a lovely idea and such a splendid set of shots.

Reader Wil said...

Such a pity that these creations are erased.Likewise do I always regret that ice - and sand sculptures are destroyed after a while.
Thanks Dina for sharing!

Eki said...

That's a marvelous show of lights, Dina!

Mara said...

That line of laundry is so fun. I am always amazed at what people come up with to light up.

Leslie: said...

Maybe Abraham? How fascinating and I just love those lights!

Dimple said...

It is an old, bearded man with a hood! (LOL) I like it very much, and I wonder what technology allowed the light to remain on the wall until it was erased...

I also like the laundry in lights!
Thank you for some levity, and I think it should have been L-Wednesday this week!

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful playing with light!
Thanks for your nice comment Dina.
God bless you!

Alice said...

I think it is Jeremiah.

Linda Frances said...

It's Everyman. A Vivid imagination on dispaly.

Manang Kim said...

Amazingly beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!


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Raksha said...

I've never seen graffiti done in lights before--never even heard of it, in fact. Thank you for posting these wonderful pictures. While there is never any shortage of beauty in Jerusalem, I understand that sanity is at something of a premium these days. Hopefully, the days of insanity won't last any longer than they absolutely have to.

As always, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel. Oseh shalom b'imromov...

Shalom,
Linda

Kate said...

The experience must have been delightful. Artistic expression and technology...what a pair! It is such a pleasure when a community event brings people together.

Stan Ski said...

This looks like serious fun.

Changnoi said...

Love the artwork.

brenda w said...

Thank you for this narrated visual journey! I am so loving ABC Wednesday!

jay said...

Wow, I do love the line of washing! What a fun and vivacious offering.

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Hels said...

Anat Hoffman, of the Jerusalem City Council, was in Australia this week for Limmud Oz Conference. She gave several papers on the past of Jerusalem and some great suggestions for the future. I love your post title!

Gattina said...

That's nice to see that there are also other pictures of Jerusalem and not only the once we see on TV !
Looks like a very funny and beautiful event !

Vaggelis said...

truly amazing. amazing light work, amazing captures

Pietro said...

Dina, what a wonderful Festival of Light. So nice the line of laundry, very fanciful. Thanks for sharing with us this thrilling event!

VP said...

A great feast of lights and some amazing shots. I agree that everyone can have some fun with art, but I think that very, very few talented people can be real artists.

jingle said...

superb v post.
love the cute images.

Hilda said...

It's wonderful to see Jerusalem's residents having a lovely time. Love all the beautiful light sculptures, but can't guess who the one in the portrait is supposed to be. I like the humor of the laundry line.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Such captivating night shots.. Especially love the purple one with the children. So innocent, naive, tender!

Jan
GDP

Louis la Vache said...

Delightful!

Kay said...

Oh wow! Now that is really amazing! I love the photo of the lighted hanging laundry.

Nathalie said...

I love the idea of that festival and I'd love to stroll down the streets with you, seeing it all.

Moses perhaps?

Anna said...

I don't know whose face the portrait is, but it is an interesting night-time play with light. I like the lighted laundry too!
I happen to have a few drops of history on my V-post, but mostly, it's just child's play!

It's always a pleasure to visit you, Dina!
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's V-word

L. D. Burgus said...

This is all so beautiful. I feel privileged to see it.

JM said...

The originality of the first light work really caught my attention, it's so very cool!

Bernideen said...

I say Moses more than Abraham-

I was blessed to visit Israel in 1999 and loved it!

mrsnesbitt said...

Thanks so much for your contribution - my favourite is the washing line - my favourite household chore!I try to visit as many contributors as possible each week but sometimes I just dont manage it, but we have a great ABC team and between us we see that everybody gets a comment. We are coming to the end of the current round and plans are in store for the next round, I do hope you will be part of the fun! If you would like to be part of the team just drop me an e-mail :-

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