Soul Cage

Year Completed: 1997
Dimensions: 30′ x 10′ x 6′6″
Media: Steel

This site-specific outdoor sculpture representing a rib cage was commissioned for Temed Park, located in the Northern Negev Desert of Israel. The physical environment had a deep impact on the content of this work. The proximity to the Dead Sea, Masada and Ein Gedi made the landscape rich in historical and topographical features. The desert imposed a juxtaposition of man and nature, preservation and destruction, life and death.

Human ribs are designed to provide a basic container for the upright structure of the internal organs, as well as to protect the internal organs from damage from environmental dangers. Constructed of steel bars, the ribcage served as a pedestrian passageway at the park. It made the viewer aware of the manmade and the natural. Entitled “Beit Nefesh,” the Hebrew term for ribcage, which literally means the house of the soul.