Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi’in, Israel | Shlomo Aronson Architects

Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel
Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel

Light Sculpture Plaza creates a new attraction and point of interest through a play of light, shade, and color in the daytime, and light and shadow at night.  The sculpture serves to anchor the southern end of the new city center and pedestrian promenade in Modi’in, Israel,  an ongoing project currently under construction.  As such, it provides a landmark and destination point for visitors to the promenade, but also a transition between the quiet and green of the existing linear park and the intensity and activity of the new city center. In the daytime, the sculpture defines grassy and paved outdoor rooms for visitors to meet and sit in and creates a play of shifting colors for those passing around and through.  At night, the sculpture is lit up dramatically, projecting patterns of light and shadow.  Young people from the surrounding neighborhoods and visitors to the area enjoy gathering in the striking world created within the sculpture. 

Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel
Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel
Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel
Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel

The sculpture is composed of identical steel elements, placed at varied angles and spacings to form three arched waves.  The sides of the elements in each wave are painted with three of four total colors, thus creating the shifting color impressions for visitors as they move around the space.  

Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel
Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel
Light Sculpture Plaza | Modi'in, Israel

Architects and Landscape Architects |
Shlomo Aronson Architects
Project team | Barbara Aronson, Ayehlet Cooper, David Gruss, Daniel Shorer
Client | Economic Development Company Modiin
Project management | H.P.T Development and infrastructure company
Contractor | Magnezi | Shefa-Tov | A.P.Y.D

Building Engineer | Zion Zachut Engineers
Lighting Design | Eran Aronson
Irrigation Consultants | Tova Levinov

Photography | Shlomo Aronson Architects, Dor Navon

Light Sculpture Plaza is the winner of the 2019 WLA Awards – Merit Award in the Built Small category