Earth and heaven
Israeli culture is one of the most ancient among those existing and living in the world today. This community, which goes well beyond the physical borders of the Israeli state, draws strength and sense of belonging from its very long history. Benjamin Disraeli claims that “The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven”.
This memorial, dedicated to the Jewish community and to the Israeli state, is a timeline having at one end materials and colors from Jerusalem and on the opposite side a video wall where art and technology symbolize the future.
The starting point is compulsorily Jerusalem, as Yitzhak Rabin states “In the Jewish tradition, there is at the same time Jerusalem in the heavens and Jerusalem on the ground. Jerusalem is a living city, but also the heart, the soul of the Jewish people and the state of Israel. “
The central part of Israeli Lounge, marked by bronze fins characterizing and at the same time dematerializing the space, represents the Jews’ present.
On the other end of the room the video art, telling the future of the Jewish culture, will be able to change over the years as the culture and perspectives change.
Israeli Lounge creates an atmosphere where the borders of the physical space dissolve, a space suspended in the tension between the past and the future, a metaphor of a present which let you glimpse the long history of the Israeli people, a distant past and an open future.