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Silent Gallop

Site specific installation 2018

In this installation a horse gallops against the backdrop of Jerusalem's Old City walls, on the cusp of the desert, in what has been his natural habitat for thousands of years. The sound of his stomping hooves echoes a time before car emissions. A sound that besides being a symbol of authority, government and war, also alludes to a romantic image of independence and freedom of thought. The horse’s legs were crafted in the Louvre in 17th Century Paris, as part of Neoclassical studies in old Greek and Roman sculptures of arabian horses. While a horse is a horse and a flag is a piece of floating fabric, this landscape has framed a city for thousands of years. What changes is the ownership of the land, the symbol on the flag, the Man on the horse.

Silent Gallop tries to see a whole in the fragment in order to challenge the dichotomic separation between holy and secular, temporary and eternal, barbaric and civilized, and live and inanimate.

Construction:Shavit Yaron.
Mechanisms: Stephen Kuderna, Oded Rimon, Kees Reedij.
Library Collection guidance : Marietta Dirker.
The horse’s legs were loaned from the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
Studies by Conrad Schick on the Terrain maps of Carl Ferdinand Zimmerman From the Deutsches Evangelisches Institut Jerusalem. Culture Of Season Jerusalem, Beyond and Above At.IL, Jerusalem, Mekudeshet. Curated: Yogev-Shlosberg Yehudit , Yitzhak Mizrahi