Garden of Hope

Rishon Le-Zion Museum, 2019

Shay Zilberman‮’‬s work is derived from the place itself‭: he produced a‭ ‬new glass interpretation of the iron bell‭ ‬in the Museum‮’‬s collection‭. ‬As the 19th century drew to a close a bell was placed in the middle of the Moshava Rishon Le-Zion‭, ‬but it was stolen from‭ ‬the Founders‮’‬‭ ‬Square in 1960‭. ‬All efforts‭ ‬to retrieve it‭, ‬including a public appeal launched by the Rishon Le-Zion‭ ‬municipality and even the hiring of‭ ‬private detectives by the Municipality failed to trace the bell’s location‭.  It was only after more than fifty years during which time the bell was buried under the ground that it was surprisingly returned. After‭ ‬reaching the age of seventy‭, ‬the thief‭ ‬decided with the help of a mediator to return the bell‭. ‬

The bell serves as a symbol of freedom‭, ‬trust‭, ‬hope or victory‭, ‬and is presented‭ ‬here as a fragile sound box‭. ‬Alongside‭ ‬beauty and transparency the bell also‭ ‬embodies the forlorn prospect of‭ ‬self-destruction‭. ‬A group of anonymous‭ ‬portraits of people who share a common secret are exhibited on the‭ ‬walls‭. ‬This is an imaginary list of fifty people‭, ‬whom‭ ‬researchers believe held back information about the missing bell‭. ‬

Curator: Dana Arieli