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Shelter Project

Sidewalk sukkah by artists Dede Bandaid and Nitzan Mintz A site-specific sukkah at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

Dede and Nitzan were inspired by the rituals of building temporary shelters in ancient Israel. Shelter’s wooden birds invoke the stages of flight, calling on us to think about the troubled migrations of so many children and adults in today’s world. The poems, which create entrances to Shelter, describe a dreamlike state of being rootless that’s laced with both despair and hope. Nestled within Shelter’s walls is a colorful assemblage wall made from different discarded materials sourced from the streets of New York, recalling the bright decorations of a traditional sukkah in Israel.

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