The Pine Tree Desert, 2022
Pine tree nadeln, Metal, Laser cut / 2m x 4m
With a Sound work from Hannes Lingens
(Sponsored from Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt)
The needles for this work come from an unusually large Aleppo pine tree that stands on the green border (the 1949 demarcation line) between the Palestinian village of al-Walaja and the Israeli settlement of Gilo. It is called “Ha El” (the God) by the local residents. Its falling needles prevent other plants from growing – a condition called “Midbar haOranim” (Pine Tree Desert). The text half-obscured by the needles is part of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.