This piece first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.
Moving around Jerusalem you always have to be on the lookout for suspicious objects, and to keep your distance from them. The Tower of David museum, however, has a collection of suspicious objects you’ll actually want to take a closer look at.
Conceived together with “Threads,” a companion fashion exhibition, “Suspicious Objects” brings contemporary design to the museum this summer. High up in what was once the Ottoman governor’s room in the ancient citadel’s Phasael Tower, sit some 30 practical design objects and installation art pieces commenting on life in modern Jerusalem.
“It’s a commentary on Jerusalem being made not only in Jerusalem, but in the heart of the city,” said Tower of David spokeswoman Caroline Shapiro, making reference to the museum’s location near the Jaffa Gate, inside the walls of the Old City.
The exhibition highlights the creative work of 31 up-and-coming Israeli industrial designers (or design teams), who were asked to create pieces — preferably of practical application — inspired by Jerusalem. The objects they came up with either use humor in an attempt to deal with complex issues, reduce serious problems to manageable proportions, or approach the city in a poetic fashion.
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