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Shai Zakai, Concrete Flags, Beit Shemesh, Israel, 1999

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Shai Zakai, \   Concrete Creek
2001

Shai Zakai

For years excess construction cement was being poured into a creek near Beit Shemesh, Israel. Artist Shai Zakai called attention to the problem through advocacy, site restoration and public art installations using reclaimed cement.

Working with local quarry owners, the artist installed barrier flags made from cement collected in cookie cutter shapes set into the stream. The polluting cement was also used to create art objects and installations which called attention to the ongoing pollution issue and helped raise money for clean up efforts to remove cement debris from the creek bed.

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Artist Statement

A look at Concrete Creek

Art & politics at the Earth-Summit and beyond

Cultivating an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Awareness

Thinking Ecoart Through the 3rd World Water Forum in Japan

Shai Zakai: Cleaning Worker, Art Worker

Biography

Concert for Cement Mixers

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Interview on Arts and Healing Network

Artist in the Jerusalem Post

Artist on Haaretz.com

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