Monument for David’s Victory
Conceptual Competition – Aug 2002
The concept is based on a thesis perceiving David as an instrument of perceptual change; a platform for amending reality: from hopelessness to sweeping victory, from baseness of spirit and lack of faith to the triumph of faith. The model presents the drama of battle by positioning the story through its structural elements: the tower (Goliath), the platform (David) and buildings (the people of Israel). The perceptual change occurs by the movement along the platform, beginning with the perception of the tower as high, impermeable and complete, and culminating with its being perceived as low, hollow and shell-like. The complex is constructed around a pivotal logic, the main axis of motion along the platform based on the topographical structure and leading to an observation point of Jerusalem, City of David. This same pivotal logic governs the principle of continuity, according to which, the story is merely the beginning of David’s legacy and accordingly, the elements of the kingdom at the observation point, the forest settlement and taking hold of the land.