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"Draw Me a Tree", 2002.
Iron + paint, height 2.5 m,
Castra, Haifa

My Sister, My Bride, 2001.
Iron + paint, height 2.20 m,
Wadi Nisnas, Haifa

Tree (Large) No. 1, 1999.
Iron, height 3.10 m. diameter 3 m.
Open Museum, Tefen Industrial Park

Tree (Large) No 2, 1999.
Iron, height 3.30 m., diameter 3 m.
Castra, Haifa

Tree (Large) No. 4, 2002.
Iron, height 3.5 m. Castra, Haifa

Tree (Large) No. 6, 2004.
Iron, height 3.10 m. Ein Hod

Rap-so-dy, 2000.
Iron and bronze, height 1.90 m.

End of the Giants' Season, 2001.
Iron and bronze, height 2.5 m. diameter 2.6 m.

In Mides Yard, 2002.
Instelation on a roof in
Wadi Nisnas, Haifa
Iron and painted Iron, height 3 m.

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Cypress, 2002.

Iron, height 4.5 m. Wadi Nisnas, Haifa

Landscape Sculptures
When one considers the body of work that Irit Segal Israeli has
accumulated over the last few years - iron pictures, outdoor
landscapes, gigantic animals and trees - many qualities are
evident throughout her creations, both on the thematic
level , and in the art itself, the creative process.
Selecting iron as her canonical material, her insistence on
creating 'real' works in a word bent on virtual pastimes is
certainly a primary choice - to leave the beaten track and walk
through the hinterland, the neglected areas far from the
main highway.
Preparing the raw material is an important part of Irit Segal
Israeli's work, consisting essentially of cutting iron tubes into strips
that obviously retain the radius of the original tube. That radius is
always there, a permanent element in the collage of components
assembled into a sculpture. Thus, a multiple movementderives
from the positioning and alignment of the strips, manipulated into
a new state in the sculpture.
Assembled from a wealth of iron pieces, the sculpture is, indeed,
an act of creation, formed in an ongoing process of addition and
subtraction, so that the completed work requires no modifications.
This is work that requires constant, active, and powerful involvement.
In these representations of landscapes and animals, constant and
careful attention to the biblical texts and tales is far from mere
awareness. On the contrary, there is an overwhelming sense that
the artist deliberately emphasizes them, and sometimes one can
actually discern their presence.
The choice of an earthy, primeval material to conquer spiritual
realms, to sanctify perpetual yearning is always present in Irit's works,
bringing to mind two dominant images. Van Gogh's cypresses is one
of them, and the other is the tree beside Rachel's Tomb, depicted on
a postage stamp issued during the British Mandate.

Yaakov Dorchin

Contact Irit Segal Israeli for more information: 23 Leah Goldberg Street, Haifa
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