In case you can't find your way to Jerusalem's Old City next week, just follow the bright lights.
By DAVID BRINN
The first Jerusalem Light Festival is taking place from June 10-16 at almost 30 locations inside and outside of the Old City featuring artists from Israel and abroad.
"Light art is actually a very general term - it includes all different types of art which uses light as its main medium," said Eduardo Hobsher, the curator of the festival and the manager of Ariel, the Jerusalem Municipality company that produces the capital's cultural events. "The main thing is that without the light, the work wouldn't exist."
The free festival, which will also include music, dance and theater presentations, will take place throughout the streets and alleys of the Old City and surroundings, including Kikar Safra, Kikar Tzahal, Jaffa Gate, the moat at David's Citadel, Habonim Park, the Promenades of the City Walls and Zion Gate.
"It's kind of like a walking tour. You start in Kikar Safra and make your way to the Old City. There are four different routes you can take, marked by light of course," said Hobsher.
Among the artists whose light art installations are being displayed are Meirav Eitan and Gaston Tzahar of the O*GE Gallery, who will exhibit a huge art display in Habonim Park of giant flowers illuminated by a solar farm. Gil Teichman will light up the Jaffa Gate yard through the use of dynamic light cubes and artist Nitzan Refaeli will display "the Night Machine" - a kinetic sculpture hanging in space - in the moat at David's Citadel. Artists Ronen Aricha, Ori Ben Shabat and Yosef Meir Jimmie will display a multimedia installation, combining light, video, laser and illumination, in Kikar Batei Hamachase.
"Almost all the works are going to be premieres - created specifically for this festival, and for each particular location. We gave a list of cites to the artists and they presented us with ideas for those sites," explained Hobsher.
In addition, two of the world's most celebrated light artists are also building installations for the festival. Paul Friedlander, a physicist and a kinetic light-sculptures artist from England, will display an astonishing huge art work in the archeological park of Davidson Center, symbolizing the delicate interdependency of past, present and future. And Spanish artist Daniel Canoger will display his work, a collage on which light flashes are projected, in the German Church Compound.
For more information visit lightinjerusalem.org.il
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