Sukkot: Seeking Shelter
25 September – 3 December 2017
To mark the festival of Sukkot, the museum’s ground floor Welcome Gallery has transformed into the site of a new Sukkah installation, offering an immersive space for reflection on the universal theme of shelter.
A new commission from the celebrated design team of Alan Farlie and Tom Piper, the Sukkah installation takes its inspiration from the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Ban’s experiments building with cardboard and paper tubes, have provided low cost, environmentally friendly shelters for those who have lost their homes to wars and natural disasters.
The installation encourages visitors to consider the idea of the sukkah in the context of today’s world, where millions are in need of shelter.
Sukkot remembers the 40 years the Jewish people spent wandering in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. It is traditionally celebrated by building a temporary outdoor hut, called a Sukkah, in which families can eat, study and sleep during the week-long festival.
Visitors can explore more about Sukkot and stories of migration and refugees in the Migration Festival of events throughout the installation.
Micro Migration Talks take place every Monday and Thursday during the Sukkot installation.