“PURE GOLD” IN JERUSALEM – THE CITY OF GOLD
In honor of the Bible Lands Museum’s 20th anniversary, the Museum is opening an international exhibition entitled "PURE GOLD" and a new urban art display called the "Golden Mile", made up of works by students of the Jewelry and Fashion Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
The “Golden Mile” street exhibit was inspired by the "PURE GOLD" exhibition and undertaken as a tribute to the Bible Lands Museum and the city of Jerusalem. The first-year students of Bezalel Academy’s Jewelry and Fashion Department were directly exposed to the works that would be displayed in the exhibition at the start of the project. The students researched and investigated gold as both a material and as a concept, its history, the values it represents, its economic value, modes of production, and more. Inspired by the preliminary research and study, the students were invited to create a tribute to Jerusalem – the City of Gold – to its people, both real and fictional, its sites, special structures, its history, and to the ideas and conflicts that the city reflects.
The students’ works of art will be on display in an outdoor exhibition, installed in specially-designed display cases, in the city center – Safra Square. The works on display as part of the “Golden Mile” will illustrate the story of the city – both in material and in spirit – and will connect the past and the present, the ancient and the modern.
The “Golden Mile” project is an initiative of the Bible Lands Museum in collaboration with Jerusalem Municipality’s Department of Culture, Society and Leisure and the Department of Jewelry and Fashion at Bezalel.
Photo: Nitzan Kish