I have recently visited the Reichman University campus in Herzlyia, previously known as the Interdisciplinary Center . While wandering between the campus buildings I didn’t stop documenting what I saw with my digital pen and Smartphone.
The Reichman university is located in a big Eucalyptus grove which served to hide military air defense equipment until late 1990’s. Today the trees hide professionally renovated and preserved beautiful old British military barracks. They serve the president and top administration. Their presence among big modern buildings which were designed by leading architects create a wonderful feeling of moving forward to bright future while remembering the foundations and past. This feeling is further enhanced by the unique archaeological garden located between the buildings. The multitude of patches of shadow and light created by the Eucalyptus trees makes the campus an ideal sketching location.
While sketching in the lovely ” Carnaf ” café in the center I could also hear students speaking in English, Russian, Spanish as well as in Chinese and Japanese.
I initially focused my painting tours on the ” near the ground ” campus – Gardens, buildings, groups of students. However, since the university management liked very much the paintings and asked me to include them in their next 2020 printed calendar, I decided to focus on all significant sights. This included touring the classes, research centers, the radio broadcast station, the big lecture hall which is a renovated old anti aircraft gun simulator and many other sites.
The illustrated 2020 calendar was issued on the 25th anniversary of Reichman university and includes a brief historical review along the drawings.
Since the Interdisciplinary Center and its students are strongly connected to the city cultural and daily life, I recommend the readers of this post to open my book ” City in Line and Color – a painting journey along the length and breadth of Herzlyia ” by clicking here. The book has been adopted by Herzlyia municipality and distributed free of charge to the citizens.