The circus is a migrating and ephemeral being, constructed as an architecture of textile. Jerusalem Design Week is no different, appearing and disappearing in a matter of days. The “Mantling” project, a collaboration between Alon Sarid, Amit Portman and Dana Benshalom, seeks to transform Hansen House’s massive stone structure into a tent – its garden, facade and interior.
The yard transforms into a city of tents, textile gates stretch above the building’s entrances, interior corridors are covered in dark, mysterious shadows and the inner patio becomes a circular arena: a dramatic sphere made of textile, motion and light.
Much like the circus, “Mantling,” too, unravels itself quickly to create a territory out of thin air, which is home to the temporary wonders it holds. The planning process is tenuous, but the final presentation seems effortless. As quickly as it appears, just as rapidly will it vanish, with its fabrics and poles rolled back into carts that will drive it out of town.
Alon Sarid, Dana Benshalom, Amit Portman