Thursday, April 30, 2015

Israel Trip Highlights (Part 2 of 7): Art

Metal work and other art in Old Akko

In the city of Akko (Acre in English), one place we stopped by was David Miro:


It's a family business (they moved to Israel from Iraq in the early 1950s). The son, who plans to lead the business one day as the next generation metal-worker, artist and craftsman, demonstrated how to make a simple copper bracelet. He then gave it to a woman in the audience.


There's much more to see at the store. (I wound up not buying anything, but I admired a lot of what I saw.)




Tzfat - the artistic soul

In northern Israel, in the Upper Galilee, there's the town of Tzfat (Safed on English maps). It's known for its physical elevation, as the highest town in Israel. Also for its spiritual elevation (which I plan to get to in a later post). And then there's its art, which is a part of its spirit as well.

For instance, there's a long, narrow street full of art galleries, one spilling into another.




One store, Safed Candles, makes amazing artistic candles, some of them for religious purposes, and others purely decorative. Along with candles you can buy (and I bought some), there are displays of candle sculptures.

Like a Samson candle:


And a chess set depicting figures from the Hasidim vs. Mitnagdim movements (the Hasidim in white, with the Ba'al Shem Tov as the chess king, and the Mitnagdim in black, with the Vilna Gaon as the king).


Partly for its art, Tzfat is a place I'd go back to.