Buy Our Fake Oranges

Looking for that perfect something for the person who has everything? How about 1000 fake oranges, complete with little, green “Jaffa” stickers on them?

As part of the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery’s exhibit L(a)ttitudes, Avner Bar Hama created a map of Israel entirely out of these oranges. Now that the exhibit is over, they need a good home.

We’re auctioning them off on eBay right now with the starting bid of $50 (plus $25 shipping).

What you ask, will you do with 1000 oranges? Well, we’ll be happy to tell you how best to shape them into a map of Israel, or any other country, territory or citrus-producing geographical area you might want to depict.

They make great stage props, if you have a play set in say, Florida, or a sea-drama that features the delusions of a scurvy-stricken sailor.

Thinking of opening an Orange Julius? These make excellent window dressing (very convincing too).

Big fan of Syracuse University? Become the ultimate Orange fan. Imagine your dorm room or frat house literally covered in oranges.

Keeping with the college theme, the FedEx Orange Bowl will be held on January 1, 2009 and your team could be in it (especially if your team is in the ACC and unlikely to contend for the actual national championship–I’m looking at you Terp fans). Be prepared by buying your fake oranges today at a steep discount–off-season.

Of course, these are just a few of the hundreds of uses one could put 1000 fake oranges toward. Whatever your need for fake oranges might be, there’s never been a better time to buy. So bid now.

Creating “Orange Map” by Avner Bar Hama

L(a)titudes - Orange Israel

“L (A) T T I T U D E S”–an exploration of maps of Israel and Palestine created by ten contemporary artists, opened last week in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery. You can view elements of the entire show at their virtual gallery.

Unquestionably the boldest piece of work on display, both for its physical presence and unambiguous ideological declaration, is Avner Bar Hama’s “Orange Map: Today Gush Katif–Tomorrow Jaffa.” And while the works on display are in several different media including photography, fresco on wood; paint, ink and goache on paper and collages using all sorts of maps; undoubtedly the most unusual medium is Bar Hama’s use of artificial oranges and “Jaffa” stickers to create a 25-foot map of Israel on the floor of the gallery. For the uninitiated, orange was the color embraced by Israeli settlers opposed to the 2005 unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army’s dismantlement of the settlements (among them were some 17 that comprised a bloc known as Gush Katif). Once you know that, and that in addition to being a variety of orange, Jaffa is also a city located directly next to Tel Aviv, the title sort of says it all.
Rather than delve more deeply into the political culture behind the work (or for that matter, the politics behind works in the exhibit that come from a markedly different perspective), we thought it would be interesting to post a brief photo essay of how 1300 artificial oranges become a map of Israel.

L(a)titudes - Oranges in Boxes

The oranges arrived in two large cardboard boxes and each item of fake citrus was individually labeled with a “Jaffa” sticker. (More after the jump)

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