No doubt that Jerusalem is the City of Lights from June 15-22, 2011.
Each night thousands of people flock to the Old City for the Jerusalem Light Festival,
the Jaffa Gate Plaza starts to fill up long before the official start time.
Information and color coded maps of the sites are easy to get in the Plaza.
The 11 meter high ‘Echinodermus’ light structure towers above the Plaza.
While below, TILT has two benches each with three 10 meter ‘Pissenlits’
on which many people sit not realizing they were sitting on a work of art.
Not all of the electric light designs are stationary,
‘Meir Panim, Light Faces’ arrives for show time.
‘Organi’ an Israeli project hangs inside the Jaffa Gate.
The orange lights strung along the Tower of David
‘Blazing Agelux’ by French group PITAYA lights up the road to the Armenian Quarter
and ‘The Art of Listening’ adds color to the Old City Wall,
the usually dark road is transformed by a series of lights.
In the Rova, Jewish Quarter in Hurva Square, stands ‘The Field of Light’
which changes colors several times every few minutes to soothing music.
‘Fantasia’ which also changes colors, is on the way to
the Davidson Archeological Garden and ‘OVO’ from Bulgaria.
In the Cardo is ‘Garden of Light’.
Not all light is electric
and this couple’s fiery dance routine impressed a large crowd.
‘Human tiles’ from Portugal show on the Lutheran Church.
In the dark, the blue path is hard to follow on the map…
this was not the ‘lighting up” I was looking for and
there are no information people in the Christian Quarter if you are lost and need them.
Finally, a familiar face in the crowd!
Beautiful, colorful, unusual lights,
inside and outside the walls of the Old City,
and then, the familiar lights of all the visitors trying to get home.
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