Hillel Smith

Jerusalem Biennale mural

As part of my Illuminated Streets collaboration with Itamar Paloge, we created this mural at the Ahim Hasid complex at 47 Emek Rephaim St. in Jerusalem. The mural was painted especially for the opening of the Southern California pavilion at the 2015 Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art. The event organizers approached us with a quote from the book of Mishlei (Proverbs) 19:21 that the building owner had liked. The text reads "רַבּוֹת מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּלֶב אִישׁ" which translates roughly to "Many are the plans in a person's heart [but it is God's purpose that prevails.]" The words were painted using only four large plastic cutout shapes which were combined in different configurations to create all of the letters. The flourishes were painted live at the exhibition's opening event, accompanied by musicians and speakers, in front of a large crowd of revelers.

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