Named ‘Sway’, this temporary installation has been created by Tel aviv-based architectural Collective Sack and Reicher + Muller, together with fabric expert Eyal Zur. The work has been completed for the third iteration of ‘fugitive structures’, an ongoing series commissioned by Australia’s Sherman contemporary art foundation (SCAF).
The work references Sukkot, an annual festival commemorating the old testament story of the Israelite sheltering in the wilderness en route to the promised land. The design forms an ecological structure that references Israel’s use of scientifically calibrated fabric greenhouses, which make possible the growing of fruit and vegetables in dry and arid landscapes.
‘The human need for shelter is an ever increasing problem both locally and globally along with the need for food and water‘, commented dr Gene Sherman, executive director of SCAF. ‘Israel is a tiny country and just 15 kilometers wide at its narrowest point. it is a country short on natural resources where desert occupies over 55 percent of the landmass. Innovation and imagination are needed to confront problems that global citizens now face directly or indirectly.’