Yesterday was about tiny things. The morning began with a post from Apartment Therapy about ceramic miniatures of International Style buildings in Tel Aviv for sale at Matter's new Manhattan location. The wee edifices are souvenirs from the gift shop of the Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv.
Pictured above is the 1:1000 scaled Tel Aviv-Yafo City Hall built in 1966 by Menachem Cohen and Yaski-Alexandroni Architects. The awkward delicateness of the figurine hides a few facts about the real building. As to be expected, it is a contentious site ripe with political implications:
The City Hall's plaza, Rabin Square (formerly known as Malckey Israel Square), is the largest plaza in Tel Aviv and the city's main square for large rallies, demonstrations and open-fairs.
The late Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's Prime Minister, was assassinated by an extremist at the end of a Peace Rally in this building's parking lot, on the evening of November 4th, 1995. The large squre in front of the City Hall is now named after him.
During the 2006 local parliament elections, held on March 28th, the building's main facade was turned into the country's largest screen, showing the elections edition of the Israeli Channel 10 news.
At thirty bucks apiece, why not bring home a slightly more ironic than heroric piece of Israeli history?
The second small item comes from Kazys at varnelis.net. His post on Slinkachu's Little People - A Tiny Street Art Project strikes a bit of a doleful tone, but perhaps it is just existential.
Left out in the streets of London, these people are, quite literally doomed, unless brought home by a caring stranger. But this isn't a project about alienation to me as much as about self-sacrifice. The sacrifice these little people make leads me to think of our own desire to lose ourselves in the world
Kazys asks "What drives us to lose ourselves in a larger whole?" I wonder if it isn't my utterly romantic side that wants to answer that it isn't about getting lost, but getting found—about trying to connect to the fray of network culture in tiny ways.