Installation by Sarit Shani Hay. A playful landscape inhabited by soft creatures
Installation by Sarit Shani Hay. A playful landscape inhabited by soft creatures

An exhibition recently opened at the Design Museum Holon that includes a site-specific installation by multidisciplinary designer Sarit Shani Hay, who specializes in child-centric designs

For the Black Box exhibition, Sarit Shani Hay created an imaginary landscape with upholstered structures that evoke rocky shorelines inhabited by sea lions, seals, bears and other creatures. The pieces, in shades of blue and taupe with arched shapes resemble secluded bays and steep cliffs. The atmosphere of the installation and the colors of the designs change, depending on the time of day, from bright morning light to darker colors as the sun begins to set

Installation by Sarit Shani Hay. A playful landscape inhabited by soft creatures

In her work, Sarit Shani Hay explores the relationships between wild landscapes and animals. "Animals occupy a central place in Sarit Shani Hay's work," says Maya Dvash, curator at Design Museum Holon. "She uses them to construct a private and imaginary jungle motivated by an empathetic human gaze and a desire to overcome archaic fears

Installation by Sarit Shani Hay. A playful landscape inhabited by soft creatures

The installation is also a reflection on the theme of home, nature and shelter during the pandemic. The architect said "Recently, I have become interested in the therapeutic effects of time spent in nature, particularly on children, a sentiment that has been heightened because of our lives during the pandemic," he added. "I tried to create spaces that provided a kind of escape, a meditative feeling."

Installation by Sarit Shani Hay. A playful landscape inhabited by soft creatures

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