Huge artistic fan sets out to cool Israeli summer in Tel Aviv

Updated: 2012-07-03 23:36:00


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JERUSALEM, July 3 (Xinhua) -- A huge art installation of a 6- meter tall fan was placed Tuesday in one of Tel Aviv's central squares.

The unusual installation was created by artist Tal Tenne Czaczkes and surprised by-passers at the Rabin Square near the Tel Aviv city hall.

Czaczkes, a ready-made artist and a graduate of the Betzalel School of Design in Jerusalem, created the project and financed it by herself.

On her website, the artist said she aspired to do something positive and different in the public sphere. The project is part of the global "Buzz Art" scene, dealing with urban life through surprising artistic initiatives.

The arts department at Tel Aviv municipality gladly responded to Czaczkes' request and allowed her to showcase her creation in one of the city's hottest spots.

The fan's arms rotate at a pace of seven rounds per minute, using a solar engine. It is a statue-like installation based on an old fan manufactured in the 1950s.

The summer in Israel is extremely hot and temperatures could rise up to 45 degrees Celsius. The artist hopes to cool down the people walking around the square and make the summer "a bit more bearable."