Carl Johan Erikson, Jerusalemmodellen, skala 1:800, FAS Publishing SE, 2017 © Carl Johan Erikson
In the book Jerusalemmodellen, skala 1:800 by Carl Johan Erikson portrays a model depicting Jerusalem AD 33. The model was built by Ingmar Eklöv, 75, in Hålland, Jämtland, 1989. In the book Ingmar describes how to build the foundation of the model.[+]
” It’s of fiberglass-reinforced plastic made in two sections, which we then put together. We started with relief maps of Jerusalem today, adapted to the landscape of the day – meaning AD 33. Among other things, the Kidron Valley was 30 meters deeper than it is today and where Via Dolorosa passes the Valley of the Cheesemakers we had to make an adjustment of 20 meters based on the scale we were working with.”
The book creates displacements between different scales and perspectives – from snapshots to macro images – which create the conditions for different readings of the city as construction and conception. The photographs of the Jerusalem model – and the model in itself – give a sense of control and overview. A fiction in a complex unmanageable reality.