The Visible and Invisible City – Habima Exhibit

Gross Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

The city is a living organism, flush with events taking place in both its open public spaces and its intimate private spaces. The city, which is multi-layered, creates a dialogue between the built up and the open, between internalized and externalized activities, between activities needing light and exposure and activities which occur in the city`s hidden places.
There are structures that are like plants needing sunlight in order to survive. There are structures designed to develop in the dark and enter the municipal activity from its depths.
Nature works through balance, consisting of complementary systems and based on symbiotic cooperation. Humans violate this balance through the over-exploitation of natural resources. Urbanization devours land, which is an expensive and limited resource, and it is therefore necessary to consider its true worth and the relationship between the built system and the open spaces of the city. This comes from the need to find the correct balance between the seen and the hidden in order to restore the despoiled green lands, so that it seems as if they have always been there.
The embracing and adoption of natural processes is an opportunity to transform the existing stage structure, by running tectonic forces which transform the tiered enclosure by splitting and cracking the composition. This intervention will propel the required oxygen into the alienated urban reality that the stage`s current form represents and will create an arterial system producing both the literal and metaphorical oxygen which enlivens the city, and another hidden system fueling the city as its roots.
Within the cracks and canyons, as a consequence of these natural processes the visible world and the hidden world come to life and a rich fertile bed develops, creating a basis for flowering and blossoming and for urban regeneration, ensuring integrated growth of people and nature.