Ezri Tarazi’s Jerusalem Tables Highlight The City’s Demographics

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Israeli designer Ezri Tarazi has designed a series of 9 tables based mostly on the cultural, religious and geographical diversity of Jerusalem .

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Divided City table

Tarazi’s Jerusalem Tables are each shaped like the exact same map of the walled Outdated City – a UNESCO World Heritage Internet site that has had a turbulent historical past. The tables current various details about the area utilizing varieties and supplies.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Divided City table

With a surface comprising 20 sections of normal Jerusalem objects made from supplies which includes leather, glass, pottery and copper, the Divided City table opens into two parts.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Gush Bloc table

“The table’s style displays the geopolitical scenario of the divided city of Jerusalem,” said Tarazi. “When the table is closed it emphasises the elegance of the city as a entire consisting of several multi-faceted elements.”

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Gush Bloc table

The Bars table is produced of a series of glass-covered decorative iron bars made using laser cutting technology. These reference the decorative metal lattices that cover doors and windows close to Jerusalem.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Dirt from Your Earth table

“The homes of the Previous City, like numerous public buildings in Jerusalem, generally have bars across the doors or windows that are embellished with symbolic ornamentation, decorations, and texts with distinct meanings,” explained the designer. “Distinct variations side by side in a single developing give proof of the variety of cultures in the city.”


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The black oxidised-iron Gush Bloc table is a geometric abstraction of the map. The base is narrower than the prime, and regardless of its solid physical appearance, the table weighs just 15 kilograms.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Dirt from Your Earth table

“When the table is viewed from below, it appears to be in an upward thrust, from the earthly degree of the city to its heavenly degree – a visual depiction of the ‘Heavenly Jerusalem’,” mentioned Tarazi.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Voronoi table

A series of wheel-turned bowls penetrate the metal surface of the Dirt from Your Earth table. The bowls are created of porcelain clay mixed with soil from the excavations of Temple Mount – a celebrated and contentious religious site in the Previous City of Jerusalem.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Dressed Stone table

“The table’s design and style reflects two issues,” explains the designer. “1 is the political-religious situation, signified by the origin of the raw materials – a controversial historical and archaeological internet site. The other is cultural – the tradition, common in Mediterranean countries, of providing refreshments in numerous modest bowls.”

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Dressed Stone table

Data from the map of the city was translated with the use of a Voronoi diagram – a method of mathematical calculation based mostly on partitioning a plane into polygons. The map was 1st converted into a two-dimensional diagram and then into a model developed with a 3D printer, and suspended on red powder-coated metal legs.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Maqam Makom table

“The Voronoi table’s design was inspired by the demographic adjustments anticipated in the Outdated City with regards to the population’s growth and trends in its segmentation,” mentioned Tarazi, who has previously formed a chair by dropping a concrete-filled mannequin onto a mesh box.

The Dressed Stone table is created from Jerusalem Stone. The upper portion of the table was mechanically minimize and polished – resulting in a smooth finish – whereas the lower component was lower by hand and has a a lot more coarse texture. The table was created at the Jerusalem Limestone factory, which offered stone for Israel’s Supreme Court, the Foreign Ministry, the Temple Mount Plaza, and the Hurva Synagogue.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Maqam Makom table

The two-ply walnut Maqam Makom table celebrates two traditions related with social gatherings in Jerusalem: consuming coffee and producing music. Maqam is the technique of melodic modes and structures utilised in traditional Arabic music.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Maqam Makom table

The table is made up of twelve copper-lined cavities for copper-primarily based glass coffee cups and 1 for a coffee pot. A cup placed in a single of the cavities completes an electric circuit, activating a musical “loop”.

Each and every loop triggers a various sound to be produced by a single musical instrument. “The table emphasises the complex elegance of a joint group creation,” explained the designer.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Remapping table

A projector over the Remapping table is linked to a 3-dimensional sensor, which detects moving objects in the area surrounding the table. Any motion more than the table brings about the buildings on the map projected onto the surface to regroup, making a new map.

“This optical mechanism depicts the city as a dynamic location, subject to regular alterations that are usually caused by the diverse populations producing up the human material of the city,” explained Tarazi.

Tables of Jerusalem by Ezri Tarazi Excavations table

Last but not least, the Excavations table resembles a model of an archaeological internet site – a lot of of which can be identified about Jerusalem, initiated by various political and religious factions. “The kind of the table resembles an abandoned futuristic mine, portraying the dystopian world of a city that has been entirely abandoned following being entirely excavated,” the designer explained.

The 9 tables are on show alongside practical things and humorous sculptures by fellow Jerusalem-born designer Haim Parnas, as portion of the Objective exhibition at the Tower of David Museum in the city that runs right up until December 2015.

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