“Illustrations and Illusions” is an imaginary experience told through unsent postcards telling us of the barons’ visit to the gardens which he had never been to. Pupils of The School for the Gifted at Oranim, explored the gardens creating an imaginary dialogue between the Barons’ image and the gardens.
The photos taken during the tour and the impressions remaining of the magical sites were processed by artistic means using the computer and recreational writing.
Inspired by the colorful images, the children combined between the Barons past life style and world to that of their own current one.
The pupils’ tour of Ramat Hanadiv’s memorial gardens took place in the autumn of 2013, and included special activities: a screening of the film, Beyond the Gardens, quiz games about the Zionist settlement and the Baron's involvement in it, and a presentation on the Baron himself: his life and family. The kids and their teachers photographed the scenery in the gardens and participated in a creative art session in the Rose Garden, inspired by the story of The Little Prince and his special rose.
Following the trip, fifth- and sixth-form pupils participating in the digital art classes at the centre for the gifted at Oranim, taught by Einav Sagiv, processed the photographs, notes, and impressions from the visit. They designed new original postcards featuring the Baron 'touring' the beautiful Memorial Gardens, which have been blooming in his honour for the past 60 years. The concept of the 'Well-known Benefactor' visiting the Gardens that were established in his memory -- and which he obviously never saw -- ignited the children's imaginations and creativity, sparking original work infused with humour and personality.
At the end of the design process, the pupils' picture postcards were passed on to the fifth- and sixth-graders creative writing class instructed by their teachers, Lotem Rappoport-Kaminsky and Noah Sivan-Yoeli. Each pupil came up with a suitable text for the postcard of his/her choice. The texts ranged from the realistic to the fantastic and the end result is a series of designed postcards with accompanying texts inspired by them.
The concept of honouring the Baron with his own virtual visit to the gardens was accepted with enthusiasm as plans were being laid for special events to mark the 80th anniversary of the Baron's death, and the 60th anniversary of the inauguration of the Memorial Gardens.
The exhibition is a result of a joint effort and cooperation between teachers of The School for the Gifted at Oranim and the Ramat Hanadiv staff.
The exhibit will be opened at a festive ceremony on 21 November 2014 attended by Hugo Jan Trago, the director of Ramat Hanadiv, and other representatives of the Gardens, along with the director of the School for the Gifted Dr. Michal Krupnik-Gottlieb and the talented teachers and pupils who helped create the show.