With a wide, often strange, array of objects on display – a children's book on sewage, a magazine meant to be read in the bathroom and made from biodegradable toilet paper, and even an emergency family water-treatment device – an Israeli waste treatment plant is turning itself into a full-on art gallery.
As in recent years, the Dan Region Wastewater Treatment Plant situated in central Israel is doubling as an exhibition space for the Passover holiday, advancing environmental of ecological issues through art and design.
In the past, curator Galia Yahav was at the helm of exhibits such as "Redemption from the Sewers" and "Lab Report," which showcased the work of leading Israeli artists on the subject.
Works by Eitan Buganim, Anat Betzer, Shahar Freddy Kislev, Amit Levinger, Roy Menachem Markovich, and many more were presented in the plant's interior spaces, as well as in its labs, classes, rooms, rooftops, and yards.
This year's show, "Bed Pan," offers to inspect environmental issues from a design standpoint, featuring students from Israel's top schools.
Outstanding industrial design students from Bezalel and Shenkar, as well as representatives from WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education's visual media department and the industrial design and visual media department of the Avni Institute of Art and Design responded to the theme with posters, short clips, products, water treatment contraptions, stylized water-preserving devices, and many other surprising, socially minded objects.
You can find a water container for a family in a refugee camp; a wheelbarrow to transport water for families and communities in disaster-stricken areas; a utopian film on finding endless running water in Israel; a children's book on the world of sewage; a kit to prepare your own eco garden using recycled water, designing a jewelry collection from sewer system parts, and much more.
In addition to the exhibition, visitors can enjoy many cultural events, an eco tour of the visitor's center, activity rooms for kids, as well as instructional talks presented by the Council for a Beautiful Israel.
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