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Suggestion Box

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

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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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Daniella Ashkenazy says:

LAUGH about Israel,instead of feeling SAD, ANGUISHED, DISHEARTENED, WORRIED, DISENCHANTED, UNCOMFORTABLE, ASHAMED OR ANGRY.
How?
Go to http://wwww.chelm-on-the-med.com for a start.

Evolve. Happily.

Gene says:

Write the names of peace activists at the sites of terrorist bombing.

tillkan says:

Write the names of Israeli bombing victims on the settlement walls.

Gene says:

Israelis cannot write on the walls of Khan-Yunis or Gaza. But they can write the name of the Fogel family on the walls of Itamar – that is true.

steve says:

If we have to write the names of Israelis who are bomb victims on settlement walls, tillkan, we’ll just need to build more settlements. Sadly, there are too many and at least one more name to write today.
There are thousands you know,including 2 relatives of mine killed by suicide bombers. Neither lived to be 20, so it’s a good suggestion. Thanks.

dusan says:

I second Gene’s suggestions.

debra says:

look for love, beauty and joy everywhere…

Are there any illustration locations or internhips in Israel?

Mr Eks says:

My suggestion is too tattoo the name of those kids who had their organs stolen after being shot by the ‘oh so lovable’ IDF, onto the foreheads of the recipients of the organs…. it’s only fair, after all.

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