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Suggestion Box

Suggestion boxes in Tel Aviv.
Dana Shai

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.

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“Build a space station by the Western Wall.”

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“We should make Jerusalem warmer and Eilat colder.”

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“Deport the mosquitoes! Enough with the biting!”

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“The most important thing: spend the most time talking about the things that are the least pleasant to talk about.”

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“1. I suggest the government should go to another planet and take the Rabbis and the Mullahs and the priests with them. 2. I suggest all the policemen go to the zoo to relax by taking pictures of apes.”

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“More love, less war.”

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“There’s no peace with colonization in the land of Palestine and its holy capital Jerusalem.”

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“Shut down the Facebook immediately.”

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“Look each other in the eye when you’re having sex.”

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“Move Israel to Thailand.”

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“I propose quiet.”

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