The director of the Baka community commissioned Tomer-Schlesinger’s colorful interventions for an upcoming arts festival. The bench art went viral on Facebook after a user posted a picture, setting off a search for the then relative unknown young artist. In an interview with ynet, Tomer-Schlesinger says the benches’ open grid backs reminded her of her grandmother’s embroidery grids, which became the inspiration for the project.
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The benches’ woven nature-inspired designs are made from strips of unwanted fabrics and are arranged into the shapes of flowers and leaves. Tomer-Schlesinger also invites interested community members to participate and beautify the benches with her.
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Images via Talya Tomer-Schlesinger, Yael Ben-Israel, Talya Adi