A New York-based public-art group called Illegal Art took to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to collect suggestions—any suggestions—from passers-by
Suggestion boxes in Tel Aviv.
Do you want to make a suggestion? This is the simple question the New York-based public-art collective Illegal Art has been posing to people on city streets since the spring of 2002, when, following the Sept. 11 attacks, the artists first deployed their clipboards, pens, and cardboard boxes in parks and sidewalks across New York City. The premise is straightforward: Write down and submit your suggestion—any suggestion—about anything you like. Since then, Suggestion Box has traveled to Florida, California, Brazil, South Africa, England, Spain, and Italy and will soon be traveling to China, gathering suggestions on things mundane, profound, irreverent, and goofy.
Last January, the group brought the project to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with the assistance of Eran Zaharoni, the founder and director of Haifa-based ArchiBlender, a local public art and architecture group. The results—in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English—provide a snapshot of contemporary thinking in the Holy Land. Flip through them. Your suggestions are welcome.
“Build a space station by the Western Wall.”
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