City of Lights

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

show the route of the Orange path.

‘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.

For more photos… please see The Real Jerusalem Streets on Facebook.

0 thoughts on “City of Lights

  • June 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

    this is wonderful, I love the new format. Keep up the great work!

  • June 22, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Annual Book Week is a great time to spend a late afternoon or evening perusing beautiful books and literary items in a most beautiful park. The selection and offerings of books were overwhelming and a delight to sample. However, this is a most dangerous place to be if one is a bibliophile or former librarian – the literary seduction is intense and extremely hard to walk away from. My mind will now be richer and my wallet poorer. Ah, books! May your future be bright and long…despite e-books breathing down your spines! Great pictures, Sharon. You truly capture “the” moment in a wonderful, truthful manner.

  • June 22, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Terrific photos of the City of Lights Week. Again, you have captured the beauty of a moment in time in a perfect manner. There was so much brilliance in the designs and creations of light and so much of it that it is impossible to cover all the glory of the night in a short blog – but you chose well and the pictures (and captions) are wonderful. It is a pleasure to receive your updates and I am never disappointed. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • June 24, 2011 at 3:09 am

    REALLY love your blog! Thanks for all the great photos of Jerusalem! Almost like being back there…almost!


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