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By Libby Curran
November 02, 2020
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Sukkah

A colourful pop-up structure symbolising community and connection has landed on Birrarung Marr.
By Libby Curran
November 02, 2020
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There are still a few weeks before the Jewish Museum of Australia reopens its doors post-lockdown. But in the meantime, you'll find its latest project gracing Birrarung Marr, in the form of a colourful sculpture from renowned architect Zahava Elenberg.

Titled Sukkah, the pop-up structural work nods to the temporary huts created and used by the Israelites as they wandered the Sinai Desert. Here, Elenberg has crafted a new meeting place for Melburnians, crowned with a kaleidoscopic canopy made frpm the same components used in her new mobile distancing product Clikclax. Taking cues from popular 70s children's toy Playplax, the functional system was designed for improved social distancing in offices and public spaces, though here has been reimagined as part of a vibrant piece of public art. It's hoped the work will be a symbol of unity and hope for locals as the city crawls out of a long few months of lockdown and its residents reflect on the idea of humanity.

Currently, you can visit Sukkah to admire from the outside only, though it's soon set to open further and allow visitors inside the structure itself.

Images: Marie Luise Photographer

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