Photographs by Ron Peled
RamleAnthropocene is a floating sculptural installation by Daniel Rothbart in the Pool of the Arches, Ramle, Israel, curated by Dr. Smadar Sheffi. RamleAnthropocene is a project of the Contemporary Art Center Ramle CACR and made possible by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. RamleAnthropocene opened on September 19, 2023.
Daniel Rothbart: RamleAnthropocene
by Dr. Smadar Sheffi
Daniel Rothbart’s aluminum and glass sculptures seem to hover in the majestic structure of the Pool of Arches, like signs of an unfamiliar language, or perhaps dancing creatures. They elude definition, with an almost surrealist quality echoing the essence of the water itself – fluid, flowing, and incessantly transformative.
The current era has been defined as the Anthropocene, a geological period in which, for the first time, human activity is the major factor impacting the ecosystem. Climate change, perceived in the past as phenomena that were destined to happen in a distant future, has materialized and is changing the world and the way we conduct ourselves.