In Jerusalem’s Old City, May 25-June 2
1-Installations by outstanding light artists from Israel and abroad: dynamic arches, colorful/musical water fountains, and three-dimensional light displays.
2-Spectacular three-dimensional video installation by the world-renowned artist and audience favorite at the Lyon, France Festival of Lights, Damien Fontaine.
3-In honor of Lag B’Omer – Large Fire Tornado by the internationally-acclaimed artist Ivo Schoofs: a 12 meter high fire installation!
4-Debut of a unique Pyromania musical production, and other musical events along the Festival’s four trails!
The Festival, an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, and Eden – the Jerusalem Center Development Company, is managed and produced by Ariel Municipal Company.
The Festival is suitable for all ages – admission is free.
The Festival of Light 2016, a major international event centered around inspiring works of light art, will be held for the eighth consecutive year in Jerusalem’s Old City, from May 25-June 2, 2016. Festival-goers will be treated to a thrilling multi-sensory experience, in which the familiar public realm comes alive with light and color. The Festival is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, and Eden – the Jerusalem Center Development Company; it is managed and produced by Ariel Municipal Company. Eduardo Hübscher is the Festival’s artistic director.
The Armenian Patriarchate corner will serve as a performance venue for Pyromania, a surrealistic, luminous circus orchestra, in which five musicians embark on a procession of light and rhythm. The procession halts and collects an audience around it – festival-goers inspired to dance within the celebration of light – and then moves on to the next stop. The show, which is premiering at the Festival, will be performed several times each evening. In addition, an array of unusual musical light events will surprise visitors as they make their way along the four Festival trails.
The Festival, which has earned an international reputation and is now one of the world’s most highly-regarded light festivals, will host leading Israeli artists known for their exceptional light creations, alongside such renowned international artists as Philip Artos, Damien Fontaine, Ivo Schoofs, David Lesort, Arnaud Giroud, Gloria Ronchi, Claudio Benghi, Alessandro Lupi, Ocubo, Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Maro Avrabou, Dmitri Xenakis, and more!
The audience will be invited to participate in the experience and to enjoy dozens of breathtaking light installations along the four color-coded Festival trails – white, red, blue and green – that extend across the entire Old City and lead visitors from site to site and from artwork to artwork.
CEO of Ariel Municipal Company, Zion Turgeman: “We at Ariel Municipal Company produce dozens of international culture and tourism events each year, at the Jerusalem Payis Arena, Sultan’s Pool, and throughout the city, including the Old City. But the Festival of Light is held in such a high degree of artistic esteem around the world that it attracts light artists of the first rank from abroad, who are inspired anew each year by the challenge of mounting spectacular installations that surpass those of the previous year. We join the Mayor in inviting the entire Israeli public and tourists from around the world to come and enjoy Jerusalem’s tourism and cultural offerings, including its exceptional Light Festival experience.”
Some of this year’s major installations:
In honor of Lag B’Omer – Large Fire Tornado by the internationally–acclaimed IvoSchoofs, the Netherlands: a huge, 12 meter high fire installation featuring a gigantic flame: 36 fans generate a tornado of fire!
Colorful Water Fountains – by Gundega Chekola, Latvia: a mesmerizing show featuring colorful fountains that rise to towering heights and dance to musical accompaniment.
The Little Prince – by Damien Fontaine, France: A stunningly beautiful video mapping by Damien Fontaine, winner of the Audience Favorite Award at the Lyon, France Festival of Light, to be projected on the façade of the Christian Information Center building.
Universal Spin – by artist Alessandro Lupi, Germany: A 9 meter high kinetic sculpture that changes with light. Made mostly of wood, charged with glints of light that create different perceptual states: ever-changing interactions of light and shadow that make the entire installation at once visible and invisible, ancient and futuristic.
Colorful Origami – by Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi, UK: An installation that draws its inspiration from pleasant childhood memories. The aesthetically compelling design consists of tens of handmade origami shapes bearing dynamic LED lights, making for an enchanted, richly imaginative experience.
Green Marvelous Abundance – by Maro Avrabou and Dmitri Xenakis, France: Breathtakingly beautiful “cabbages” of light, arranged in crates. The artists use plastic bags, folded for recycling purposes, to create a perfect illusion of living plants.
The Bubble – by Ido Sapir and Noa Kressel, Israel: A voice-operated game produced by its participants.
Globoscope – Maxime Houot – Collectif Coin, France: A work consisting of a large number of luminescent spheres arranged within a space, which produce an ever-changing, multi-sensory experience. The installation, which was displayed for the first time in 2014 at the Lyon, France Festival of Light, uses technical means to produce a digitalized recreation of a space.
Illuminated Arches (Aquastell), David Lesort and Arnaud Giroud, Pitaya, France – Jaffa Gate Outside Plaza: A huge installation made up of dynamic light arches. The arrangement of the arches gives viewers several different vantage points, from close range to the broader picture as seen from afar. The different lighting scenarios alter the installation’s character, making it look like water jets, or like shooting stars. The light passes through the arches in an ever-changing flow of energy. The entire installation fills the space, but remains very light and elegant.
A Moment with Water Fountains (Jaffa Gate Fountains), Gundega Chekola, Latvia – Jaffa Gate Plaza: A mesmerizing show in which colorful, towering fountains of water dance to musical accompaniment. Not to be missed!
The Little Prince, Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi, UK – Armenian Patriarchate Street: “Colorful Origami” draws its inspiration from pleasant childhood memories. The aesthetically compelling design consists of tens of handmade origami shapes bearing dynamic LED lights, making for an enchanted, richly imaginative experience. The installation creates stunning, varied light effects – enthrallingly beautiful waves and arches and a magnificent light display.
Pyromania – Illuminated Orchestra at the Patriarchate Corner: The Armenian Patriarchate Corner will serve as a performance venue for Pyromania, a surrealistic, luminous circus orchestra clothed in sculptural elements of light and illuminated musical instruments. The Pyromania ensemble will appear in a unique show woven of music and light, created especially for the Festival, with several performances per evening. In addition, an array of unusual musical light events will surprise visitors as they make their way along the four Festival trails.
Universal Spin, Alessandro Lupi, Germany – back of Zion Gate: A 9 meter high kinetic sculpture that changes with light. Made mostly of wood, charged with glints of light that create different perceptual states: constantly-changing interactions of light and shadow that make the entire installation at once visible and invisible, ancient and futuristic.
Flora, Philip Artos, France – Hatekuma Garden: In the Flora Abstract Lines interactive animation work, the audience creates complex and subtle shapes that resemble plants. Viewers interactively control the animation via touch screen, thereby shaping the emerging forms. In Flora, the animation is generated by sinus waves that pass through a series of lines. The wave principle appears frequently in nature, as when energy passes through a medium such as air or water. This is also visible in the movement of animals, as kinetic energy passing through their joints. In this sense, Flora imitates a basic principle of nature in order to create innumerable variations of pleasing shapes. The aesthetic outcome is a happy combination of scientific precision and mischievous unpredictability.
Picture in Motion, by AVS – Hurva Synagogue, Hurva Square
A musical-visual dialogue in which the four seasons of the year are represented via projections on the synagogue wall, alongside a robot with a plasma screen that functions as a solo dancer. The robot’s dance around the plaza is synchronized with the projected image, affording attendees a close-range view of the wonders of nature.
Urban Poetry – 3D video mapping, by Okobo, Portugal – Batei HaMachseh Square: Stereoscopic video mapping, featuring the use of 3D glasses. The story conveyed by the installation is that of an urban place where a mysterious person (dancer) moves by parkour, using the building’s architectural elements. The struggle between the person, who is also a dancer/ traceur, and the city creates highly lyrical scenes that integrate hard urban elements with natural ones. The figure links the hard urban context with the natural elements. By appropriating the city environment, the person shows viewers a way of life that is based on resilience, overcoming problems, and pushing the envelope of one’s imagination!
Dormition Abbey by Gil Teichman, Israel: Breathtaking light movement and a live performance on the church balcony, combined in a single experience. On the adjacent bell tower, light and color images will be projected in a delicate, harmonically sophisticated interplay of color, light and sound. On the narrow street leading away from the church, the audience will be invited to enter physically into a space of light defined by a ceiling of dynamic light rings of different sizes, in an embrace encompassing a range of hues and movements of light.
The Bubble, by Ido Sapir and Noa Kressel, AVS, Israel – HaBonim Garden: Within a bowl, the bubble conducts an interaction with other bubbles that have been released into it; it collides, connects or explodes bubbles that are too large. In the present age, more and more interfaces that were once operated via pushbuttons, remote control devices or keyboards, are now activated by touch, motion, distance, etc. The Bubble project is a voice-operated game produced by its participants.
Northern Lights, by Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Sweden – HaBonim Garden:
An installation produced by the Amsterdam Light Festival that simulates the northern lights (the Aurora Borealis) – the most spectacular and poetic light phenomenon of the Northern Hemisphere. This is a phenomenon that has been astonishing people for thousands of years and inspired tribes who witnessed it to mythical stories. If you want to see it with your own eyes, you must travel to the northernmost points of Sweden or Norway. It may take patience though, because the northern light does not always show itself. In Jerusalem we can enjoy the northern lights during the entire period of the festival, via the work of art created by Swedish light artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic. To this pioneer of light art, the northern lights phenomenon symbolizes friendship. By installing the already existing work in Jerusalem, she hopes to convey this idea to the public. The breathtaking work extents itself across the Habonim Garden in the Old City and is programmed in such a way that an unpredictable curtain of light is created. Just like the real northern lights, this work conveys a magical experience.
Reflection of Co-Existence, by Kokhavi and Klein, Israel:
The installation is an environmental sculpture that symbolizes both ongoing change and a sense of entrapment along a central axis. Two rings of light complement each other while the light reflected from them differs. When viewers move away and look at the work from a distance, they see how everything can be integrated to create beauty and co-existence.
Green Marvelous Opulence, by Maro Avrabou and Dmitri Xenakis, France – Maronite Convent Street: Breathtakingly beautiful “cabbages” of light, arranged in crates. The artists use plastic bags, folded for recycling purposes, to create a perfect illusion of living plants.
Sachrur, by Pogara, Israel – Maronite Convent Street: The installation investigates urban life as a perennial quest for the unattainable, and uses light as a raw material: it is a light fixture in motion, made up of stainless steel cuttings by means of which shapes and shadows are projected on the walls, like graffiti. Sachrur reacts to the movement of passersby, and translates the visitors’ motions into living beings of light along the alley.
Lamps of Muristan, Eli Kaplan and Talya Tomer, Israel – Muristan Square: Two huge Victorian lampshades, delicately decorated by hand, will light up Muristan Square and the work of the market’s craftsmen and vendors. Originally created as protection from the harmful effects of a new invention – the electric light bulb – today these lampshades hearken back to an earlier, simpler age when handiwork was common – as it still is in the market around this square.
Cirque du Cardo – Cardo Circus, Yossi Jimmy and Elian Kaczka – Lula, Israel – Covered Cardo: The artist Elian Kaczka -Lula is creating 5 spectacular sculptures entirely of corrugated cardboard, which will come to life in a multitude of colors and shapes when a video designed and animated by multimedia artist Yossi Jimmy is projected onto them. These breathtaking cardboard/video sculptures will bathe the Cardo – the ancient and eternal market – in bold circus-inspired colors, filling the space with color, aroma and sound.
Crystallized, Jonathan Richer and David Chanel – Theoriz, France – Covered Cardo:Crystallized is an audio-visual sculpture using the principle of volumetric projection. The installation, with its geometric proportions based on crystalline materials, like a bismuth crystal, diffuses a soundscape and video reflections. The 6 meter wide sculpture invites the public to contemplate it and wander around it.
Tree of Life, Alon Birger, Israel – Open Cardo:
In Kabbalah, the Tree of Life represents the process and secrets of Creation.
Sometimes, in relation to the sephirot, Rabbi Kook used the concept of light, which underscores the spiritual dimension of the sephirot and the process by which they unfold and emanate from each other. The sephirot answer a major philosophical and theological question – how can there be a link between the infinite and the finite? After all, man cannot understand or grasp an infinite concept that has no limit or definition. In Sefer Yetzirah, an important source for understanding the sephirot, it is written that the sephirot are “ten without end.”
Traffic Jam! – OGE Group, Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr, Israel –Tzahal Square: This colorful and amusing installation finds the humor in that annoying urban situation that we get stuck in every day: the traffic jam. We think of traffic lights, car lights and blinkers as things that are technical, practical and normal. But a change of perspective regarding these amazing light elements transforms our car and road lighting into an engaging work of art that we might remember with a smile the next time we find ourselves caught in a traffic jam.
Dandelions – on the Green Trail lawns: Giant Dandelions – 90 huge flowers of varying heights create a forest that visitors can enjoy. The dandelions are made up of 9,000 recycled water bottles, cut so they could be recast with nylon for artistic purposes. Each flower has a sustainable light source; by means of their creatively-recycled components, the dandelions create a landscape of light that shows us how inimical waste is to our survival.
Large Fire Tornado – Ivan Schoofs, Kinetic Humor, the Netherlands – Olive Tree lawn:Fire is the mother of light; nature in all its destructive beauty. Artist and technical engineer Ivo Schoofs saw what happened when a tornado raged across a forest fire to elevate the flames. He wondered if it was possible to reproduce that very same effect. After a successful scale-model of a fire tornado, Ivo Schoofs and his team have now successfully built a fascinating light installation which spectacularly exposes a piece of nature’s architecture. The Large Fire Tornado is created by a powerful fire source and 36 industrial fans inside a 12 meter high hexagonal scaffold. Viewers will see light in its most original form.
Stories of Damascus Gate, Albert Yashinsky, Arik Futterman, Yavin Ben–Reshef, GaroKabushaeo – Damascus Gate: The Tree of Life appears repeatedly in different faiths and cultures. The tree symbolizes longevity, wealth, honor, peace and an unblemished world – our highest aspirations as human beings. This work is replete with legends, stories from the Torah and from our own everyday lives – encompassing good and evil, sorrow and joy, and our longing for more perfect lives in the world in which we live. Through video and animation technology, and by means of projection mapping, the stories will come to life on Damascus Gate, and will prominently reflect the Gate’s surrounding environment.
Globoscope, Maxime Houot – Collectif Coin, France – Zedekiah’s Cave: A work made up of a large number of light fixtures arranged within a space, which produce an ever-changing, multisensory experience. The installation, which was displayed for the first time in 2014 at the Lyon, France Festival of Light, uses technical means to create a digitalized recreation of a space. Configured in harmony with the characteristics of the space, the individual “points” and “pixels” which make up the landscape are merged into one by the sound and light movements that swirl through. Mathematics, sound and light are in this way used to represent, transform, and expand a space, offering the viewer a surrealist stroll.
The Festival will be held from May 25-June 2 (17-25 Iyar)
Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 pm – 11 pm
(Saturday night to midnight – no Friday activity)
Apple Walnut Muffins
Below is the recipe which I found on the internet. The copy that I saved from the cereal box differs slightly: the box has 1 egg, 1/3 cup sugar, lacks the nutmeg, 1 teas cinnamon
1-1/2 cups flour ( I used half spelt half oat)
1/4 cup sugar-I used 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, I used 1 teas
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, I used 1/2 teas
1/4 tsp. salt-left out
2 eggs-I used 1
1 cup reduced fat milk, I used coconut milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups Post Raisin Bran Cereal-I used muesli with fruit removed and placed into vanilla solution
1 large apple, peeled, finely chopped (1 cup) omitted and raised the apple butter amount slightly
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Chop the nuts and remove from food processor.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg in large bowl.
Place wheat sprouts in the food processor and chop for about 30 seconds. Swirl in eggs, milk, apple butter and oil into the mixture for 15 seconds, until well blended. Add in flour mixture; stir just until moistened. (Batter will be lumpy.) Stir in granola cereal, and walnuts.
Spoon batter (55 gr) into greased or paper-lined muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full. This made exactly 12 muffins. Top with dried fruit soaked in brandy/vanilla
Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. I prefer to bake 10 minutes, take out and turn the muffins and bake another 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.