From the Research Lab: Sgraffito — Monumental Murals on the Facades of Public Buildings in Israel
Sharon Golan-Yaron hosts preservationists Mika Tal and Shay Farkash for a conversation about monumental murals from the second half of the twentieth century.
The lecture will focus on Sgraffito - a wall decor technique produced by scratching tinted layers of plaster - and the artists who contributed their talent to the community formed in Israel during the 1950s and 1960s.
Offering a way to communicate various messages throughout public spaces, these monumental Sgraffito paintings were mostly found in kibbutzim, but decorated walls of public, educational, and cultural buildings in big cities, too. The discussion will explore both the physical side of the actual preservation as well as the conceptual aspect of this style.
Mika Tal is the manager of the Preservation Technology Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (GSAPP) at Columbia University, NYC.
Shay Farkash is the founder and manager of Studio Tchelet, dedicated to documenting, preserving, and restoring murals.