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About Or-nah

 Mellawin Wall

Thank you for the fascinating tour... in Jerusalem. First of all, I want to point out again that, as history showed it many times, between the “design” approach and the peculiar-artistic implementation – there is a huge difference. At the contrary of the architect who is sitting, far away, in front of his drawing board or his computer and deals with contours and volumes – or more exactly, merely with their scaled-down representation – the artist is there, and has with the object in an personal and intimate relation – and his work is and will always be in the 1:1 scale. This close / far away duality is the duality between the maker, the builder, or the artist against the designer and the architect in the modern connotation of this word – and indeed, many architects in history felt uneasy, with their suede coats and their shiny shoes. Persons - such as Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gropius and also Mies Van Der Roehe – sought to fill the gap between the Master and the architect and pitch into the very matter, break down the architect/artist categories.

Orna Ran’s works constitute an intimate entry and penetration into the nature of matter and a way of treating it in a personal and individual manner. Retaining walls and noise walls are the most visually offensive evils of our environment. First, they are massive, very long and very high structures which, for economical reasons, and in the worry of saving space, tend to stand vertical, in a most aggressive way. Next, in their common design, they are built in a modular construction, and even when softened by means of hollows and bumps, it is made in a routinely repeating pattern, in a schematic execution.

The way Orna treated the wall completely neutralized its schematic dimension; places it at an intimate dialogue with the matter and the environment; incorporates in it a rich collection of elements (various stones, design, sculptural shapes and more); confers it softness and gives it a rich and fascinating flow, even without the figurative elements blended in it.

Ran Shchori - Letter

Location: Manahat neighborhood, near the Municipal Stadium, Jerusalem.
Nature: Noise protection wall, designed in “Exhibition Images”.
Dimensions: Height: 2-3 meters - Length: 200 meters.
Materials: Various types of natural stone, including raw quarry stone and recycled ancient hewn stones. On-site sculptured reliefs of birds were incorporated into the building. Gardening, accompanying the works, was designed as a complement to the structure.
Work ordered by: “Moriah” Company for Jerusalem Municipality.
Execution: Yankele Knop.
Project manager: Yoram Gadish.

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