“Then, on the surface of being, in that region where being wants to be both visible and hidden, the movements of opening and closing are so numerous, so frequently inverted, and so charged with hesitation, that we would conclude on the following formula; man is a half open being.” Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Planes was inspired by and based upon my experience as a navigator in the Israeli Air Force and my training as an architect.
Planes, a wooden construction of folding walls with an installation of maps drawn by air cadets of the Israeli Air Force, presents the relationship between flying and architecture as it creates a spatial dialogue between maps and walls.
Aerial navigation in a plane begins with the drawing of a flight path on a map. In the air, the repetitive system of comparing three factors; time, map, and earth, allows the navigator, by constantly comparing the earth to the map, to locate himself above the earth at any given moment, and enables him to reach any given target. Although, when flying an identical flight path, the same maps are being used, each navigator, by the act of folding his own map, transforms the flight into a personal journey. Thus the map becomes individually conceived, flat planes of the earth, as well as a projection of the human being flying the plane.