The Human Shape of the Holy Land
Lake Kinneret, Jordan River, Dead Sea
shape of the Holy Land is the idea that there is a connection between the landscapes
of the land of Israel to the anatomy of the human body. The human organs are parallel
to the geographic regions.
has not exactly the human shape. A complicated transformation is needed for transferring
the map into a portrait. It can be done according to the constant dialog
between man and nature.
The Human Shape of the Holy Land
attraction is based on Anthropomorphism, which is the attribution of human
characteristics to animals and inanimate. It is one of the commonest attributes
of the human being. Thoughts about objects as expressing human features are
very common. Anthropomorphism is very popular in literature, especially
children books. The ancient religions dealt with divinities that possessed
human properties, and even today it is very difficult for the ordinary man to
imagine God without Anthropomorphism.
thanks to its details, wholeness, and scale, explain the strong physical
attachment to the Holy Land, which exist among believers from various
religions, and is expressed in many literary works.
The map is
daring and complex, but it was created as a personal act. It relies on the
spirit's wish for amendment, a solution for chaotic reality. It was an insight,
enlightenment, after thinking according to internal sensations and unclear
thoughts in the mind'd edge.
One day, without
thinking, I took a pencil and started to draw the number 10 in one stroke. I did it twice in a raw.
The number 10 twice in a raw in one stroke
that the drawing looks like the River Jordan,
A map of the
drawing looked also as the human profile. I recognized a brain line, an eye, a
temple line and an ear.
The number 10 twice in a raw and the human
for anthropomorphism of other Geographic regions in the
Early version of the Holy Land Map as a human
finishing the face I thought that I have completed the task. The imagination
had its own will. Eilat Bay became the human back line and Sinai Peninsula the
The Holy Land
Map was created through a long empirical process. The landscape was examined by
satellites photos and maps, in relation to human portraits and Anatomy models.
Stories of the land, places names and other associations according to this
concept, helped to complete the picture.
the portrait is not a direct copy of the land form. When drawing the character straight
according the lines of a satellite photo, the result resemble a fetus. Only a
drawing with a free hand allows the creation of figure with clear humanity.
The work of art 'Lake Kinneret, Jordan River, Death Sea' is a minimized anthropomorphism.
The images of Lake Kinneret as a source of life, and the Dead Sea as a
place of death, are rooted deeply in the culture of Israel. The Mishna sages interpreted
the name of the city of Tveria as: 'its view is good' [In Hebrew: Tveria – tova
reiata]. In the Bible, the Dead Sea is the place of the city of Sdom, with its
materialistic, sinful citizens.
In modern Israeli culture the poet Naomi Shemer sang about: "To
sing is like being the Jordan River", and described the transformation
path of the river from a sweet water lake to the salty Dead Sea, in association
to man's life. A personification was created: The river and the two lakes
received human attributes. The human being is also a story of light and life at
the start, and a heavy matter and death at the end.
These dynamic literary images created naturally a stimulus for a
matching formal image: When you look at
This is the source of inspiration for the work of art that can be seen
below. It is an abstract human figure, with a face, a neck, and a torso.
Its relative proportions resemble that of the parallel geographical
Work of art Description:
Type of work: sculpture
Dimensions: height: 119 sm. Length: 64 sm. Width: 21 sm. Weight: 8 kg.
Materials: concrete, iron, epoxy
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The first impression created by this work is of a figure with a healing
power, as is any personification. The second impression is of a frail and
helpless human life. In spite of his strength, the human being is almost a helpless
insect. He asks for attention, and at the same time learns his surrounding and
The anthropomorphic image of the three water bodies has great value for
the full map.
Just as the chicken is developed from an egg, the development of the
human body is from basic organs.
The two comparisons of the Dead Sea - the lowest place on earth, to the
body or ear, demonstrate it. In the fetus, the ears' bones finish their growth
The human perception combines between an internal, simple, two dimensional
sense of balance, and an external, complex, three dimensional
Many Bible stories bridge over this gap between the internal and
external. One of them is the story of Jacob's fight with the angel on the
Jordan River pass, after which he was named Israel.
The Holy Land Map as a Human Shape is a portrait facing westward. The
work of art: 'Lake Kinneret, Jordan River, Dead Sea' is a figure facing
eastward. The combination between the two creates the balance: A whole
character with the ability to turn to any direction.
The Holy Land Map as a
and the Work of Art: Lake
Kinneret, Jordan River, Dead Sea