This glowing sculpture captures a modest neighborhood at night, its windows glowing peacefully beneath rebar that sprouts like insane stick figures from the roofs. It's also a work of profoundly melancholy science fiction.
Called Qalandia 2087, it's artist Wafa Hourani's fantasy of a future version of the Palestinian refugee camp Qalandia.
In the New York Times, Holland Cotter writes:
In a fantastically detailed architectural model, Wafa Hourani gives the overcrowded Palestinian refugee camp Qalandia a utopian spin, imagining it in the future as a place of order and peace, with lamp-lit homes and sweet music wafting through the night. That future, of course, is a fantasy. Today, Qalandia is at a contested checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah where violent clashes flare.
That future may be a "fantasy," as Cotter asserts. But it doesn't have to be. You could also call it hope.