Bank Hapoalim Carpet, installation view, The Israel Museum, 2015
Bank Hapoalim Carpet | Hand-woven wool and silk wall carpet | 8.25x10.5 ft | 2015
The carpet depicts the architectural structure of one of Israel's largest banks, as an allegory of social structure. At the bottom are those who are getting things done, the workers ("the workers' bank" is the literal meaning of Bank Hapoalim). Above them is the middle class, and on the highest level we find the decision-makers, their faces are a melding of Zionist leaders and figures from world history.
The image has an encyclopedic quality with approximately 100 'entries' included, each have a specific allusion; archeological objects, socialist posters, socialist art, Renaissance art, symbols of Israeli sovereignty (paper money, coins and stamps etc.), Israeli art, and much more.
Details from the carpet:
Image Bank | Interactive digital app | 2015
Bank Hapoalim Carpet includes approximately 100 references to canonical art objects, archaeological finds, socialist propaganda, etc. Image Bank is an interactive application that allows the user to explore the carpet's references and read a detailed explanation about each of them. Click below for the app.
The Making of Bank Hapoalim Carpet | Video | 10 Minutes | Israel and Afghanistan | 2014
The Making of Bank Hapoalim Carpet documents the different stages of executing Bank Hapoalim Carpet: From the initial illustration made by Ido Michaeli, through the long weaving process in Afghanistan, to the hanging of the finished carpet at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The video opens a window onto the craft of carpet-making and presents the surprising, somewhat absurd, encounter between the Afghan workers and the multitude of Zionist symbols hidden in the carpet sketch.
Herzl Rug | Hand-woven wool and silk | 12×12.5 in. | 2014
Herzl Rug is a handmade rug, woven in Afghanistan, showing one of the details of the large carpet--Theodor Herzl, the visionary of the Jewish state
© Ido Michaeli, 2017