Dad’s Sand collection

Sand on cardboard / 2011 / 73 x 346 cm

The piece includes rectangles of identical size on which are different shapes made of sand and soil, layered one on top of the other, reminiscent of the way the sea waves and the layers of time leave their mark.
“As a child, I spent a lot of time in my parents’ office. My father, a civil engineer, had the strangest collection I had seen: He had cardboard boxes divided into squares that contained different kinds of soil. In hindsight, this collection of soil was actually samples of construction sites in order to calculate the foundations of potential constructions. They were kept until construction ended and seemed to me to be a fascinating and magical collection. This time I gave my father buckets and asked him to collect soil samples for me from different construction sites around the country which he visited, for a period of one month”.
Earth and sand are the ground we live on, and Livni receives messages of instability, insecurity, waiting for a catastrophe to arrive.
Carmit Blumensohn
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