Yuliya Dimitrova-Ilieva, Eugene, OR

Artist Statement

This sukkah celebrates the wheat,one of the seven species representing the bounty of the land of Israel.The wheat was cultivated in the land of Israel during biblical times,and it was one of the staple foods forming the ancient Israelite diet back then.Historically,the wheat berries have been used for bread making,the wheat stalks for decorating sukkahs.This sukkah features clear acrylic tubes filled with wheat berries,and a roof covered with wheat stalks.The vertically positioned tubes of different length—placed on a grid,yet in an irregular arrangement—represent the wheat growth pattern in ancient times when the crop was planted manually.