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9 Nov 2017 - 10 Nov 2017

Ester Tower by Martin Rajnis

An artistic object / lookout tower by the renowned architect Prof. Martin Rajnis was inaugurated in Jerusalem on November 9, 2017, in the presence of Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Mr. Zeev Elkin, Mayor of Jerusalem Mr. Nir Barkat, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Mr. Daniel Herman, and a number of other dignitaries. It is meant to symbolize the above-standard ties between the Czech Republic and Israel.

The artistic artefact / tower by the architect Martin Rajnis in the magic city of Jerusalem is a unique Czech-Israeli project, which not only symbolically represents the traditionally warm relations between the two countries – on political, economic, and cultural levels – but is also the largest cultural event since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1990.

The Tower is located in the extraordinarily beautiful setting of the gardens of the Hansen House, built in 1887, not far from the walls of the Old City, opposite Jerusalem’s largest theater, near the residences of the President and the Prime Minister of Israel. Hansen House was recently renovated as the seat of a center for design, media and technology.

The Tower in the shape of a cactus, the prickly beauty of which – according to the author – reminds him of the people he encountered in Israel, will offer visitors a spectacular view over a large part of Jerusalem. The space under the Tower will then serve the purposes of international cultural exchange, lectures, workshops, etc. The Tower can be lit both from the inside and the outside, and it is possible to project onto it (videomapping)... Serving as a cultural lighthouse, with its special versatility of use, it is designed to draw people to the variety of events held in the Hansen House arts center.

“I always admired the Israeli nation, because I like courageous people prepared to face even seemingly hopeless situations with their heads held high. All of us who are participating in this project want to evince that Israel is in a way a model and hope for us, that even a small country can brave to fight for and keep the most precious things – freedom and independence. I consider my contribution in the form of this Tower a symbolic expression of holding onto this idea, that is why I decided to dedicate all my work on this project as a gift to Israel,” says architect Prof. Martin Rajnis of HAMR.

“Czech-Israeli relations are blossoming on all levels, and in the past few years in the field of culture in particular. The exchange between Prague and Jerusalem in the form of Days of Prague in Jerusalem and Days of Jerusalem in Prague is an example of this great cooperation, as is the naming of a garden after the late President Vaclav Havel in one of Jerusalem’s nicest neighborhoods. The architectural object by Martin Rajnis will be a new, unmissable embellishment of Jerusalem. This jewel of a structure will undoubtedly attract all lovers of art, architecture and design and stand as a testament to the great bond between the two countries, the Czech Republic and the State of Israel.“ Francoise Cafri, Director of International Relations, Jerusalem Municipality

The project was initiated by the Czech Center in Israel together with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Hansen House and the main partners of this project are Martin Rajnis and HAMR (Hut architektury Martina Rajnise), Czech Centre in Tel Aviv, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Czech – Israeli Mutual Chamber of Commerce and the Israel – Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on the Israeli side the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, with the support of a number of corporate and private partners.   

The Esther tower is open daily to visitors, who can view the architectural work and climb up the observation tower. Sunday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shabbat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on rainy days.

Photos: Pavlina Schultz

 

 

Venue:
Hansen House - Center for Design, Media and Technology Gedalyahu Alon St.14, Jerusalem
Date

From: 9 Nov 2017
To: 10 Nov 2017

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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