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Nahalal the place is a Moshav, which is like a Kibbutz, which is like a commune.  

But a Moshav is more of a co-op than a commune. There’s no hippies is what I’m trying to say. 

The layout of concentric circles in this artwork are modeled after the actual layout of the Moshav. Nahalal was the OG Moshav, and all other Moshavim modeled their land accordingly. Moshav mo’ problems, right? Hopefully they also took a note from Nahalal’s feminist aspects; it had an agricultural school and zionist organization both built specifically for women. It is located in the Jezreal valley, where, according to the Book of Revelations, the Messiah will return to earth and defeat the Antichrist and the devil in the battle of Armageddon. The 907 residents of Nahalal will have a front row seat to that action.

Nahalal the art piece is a carpet.  Well, it’s a bunch of carpets atop a Plexiglas circle, made to look like a bird’s-eye view of the Moshav from which the piece got its name. It's like an artsy Google map. Clearly, the piece is very green, which is a color not often seen in the desert, just as all of these perfect geometrical shapes are not often seen in nature.  This is because agricultural centers—which most Moshavim and Kibbutzim are—are products of the miracles of irrigation and are entirely manmade.  Just like this art piece is made of entirely synthetic materials. There must be some sort of symbolism in that.