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Art Encounter: Haifa

Posted in Art, Foreign Impressions, Travel by humanb on March 27, 2012

With its impressive position on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the port city of Haifa offers a visually arresting picture. And despite being the third largest city in Israel, it has the feel of a smaller town.

We spent only one night and one day there, and could have done without the night, as our hotel was a disappointment – the only hotel on our trip across continents that was actually dirty.

As in: The toilet in our room hadn’t been cleaned.

The hotel manager was very attentive however, and gave us another room. Unfortunately, that room was not much cleaner.

So we spent very little time in that hotel, but made sure to check out the reason for its name: The Gallery Hotel Haifa.

The hallways and foyer of the hotel were lovingly adorned with original art work, and a sculpture gallery began from the stairway to the roof.

Rusted Iron Sculpture by Jack Jano in the stairway of The Gallery Hotel Haifa

The featured sculptures were all made by an artist named Jack Jano, and they were marvellous in themselves and in their presentation.

Sculpture Gallery on the roof of the Gallery Hotel Haifa

The crisp white of the stucco building against the bright blue of the morning sky, offered the traditional colours of Israel as a backdrop to sculptures with explicitly Jewish themes.

Rusted Iron Sculpture by Jack Jano

I was particularly tempted by this one, with its structural simplicity and novel orientation on the wall.

Rusted Iron Sculpture of Jerusalem on a Map of Israel, by Jack Jano

I was so taken by the experience of seeing these beautiful sculptures displayed with such consideration on that roof that I decided that our stay at the hotel was well worth it in the end.

But then I’m a sucker for a positive art encounter.

Next up: Finding shalom in Tel Aviv


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  1. paintlater said, on March 27, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Stunning works!

    • humanb said, on March 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Aren’t they? I want one!

  2. Anonymous said, on March 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Rusted Iron Sculpture by Jack Jano — I liked the shadow cast by the Rusted Iron Sculpture.

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