Museum of The Sweet Stone

Limestone is a key local component in the formation of Jerusalem. Sugar, in comparison, is a temporary and non-local substance that decomposes quickly and is consumed in modern culture as a “building block.” The encounter between these two opposing materials offers an opportunity to reexamine the role of the Jerusalem stone as the leading player in the urban environment. The sugar stones themselves will not sweeten, stick, or melt away the complex issues of the city. The Museum of Sweet Stone is a collection of items made of sugar stones discovered around Jerusalem, that can attest to the city’s local characteristics and urban processes. As such, it tries to legitimize fluidity between the materials and what they represent, in contrast to a reality that seems as eternal as stone.

 

Avigail Roubini