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 Psalm of David

Psalm of David and Bukhara Carpets are stone reliefs on buildings facades in Iceland Street. Carpets, hanging down from the top floor, welcome a comer into the street, as though they have been put there to ventilate by the lady of the house; the harp adorns the front of the last house in the street, facing the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. These works are the brainchild and a contribution of both the local branch of the Neighborhood Renovation Project, and the residents of the two buildings.
 
The colored stone and marble wall reliefs have been made as part of a project, consisting of stone cladding plastered facades of buildings from the fifties, and Or-nah had to match the reliefs in a chaotic condition, in which existing windows of varying sizes are scattered all over the front walls, in the absence of any order.
 
The subjects of the reliefs were chosen in function of the residents: for a religious tenant, fond of music, the creation was a David's Harp; and carpets were selected for an immigrant from Bukhara.
  
The Psalm of David stone relief represents an ancient harp in a free design, accompanied with singing and the playing of musical instruments. The experience comes from an associated verse from the Psalms, "Take up a Psalm – take up a Drum, the tuneful Psaltery and Harp" (81, 3) and the first few notes of J. Braun composition on this text (M. Goraly. The Old Testament in Music.1993.p.247).
 
"This psalm is intended to glorify the Lord on the occasion of the new month; and some believe that these words of praise are intended to be said for the New Year. The poet calls for singing the Lord’s power and great deeds, and to accompany the singing with various tools." (“The World of the Bible")
 
A Psalm of David, 22 Iceland Street, Ir Ganim, Jerusalem 
Order: Neighborhood Renovation Project Direction, Ir Ganim – Kiryat Menahem and the building residents
Material: Setting of carved and polished natural stones of various types and in different shades
Creator: Ali Al’araj

  



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