As visitors wander the streets of Jaffa Old Town, this fully grown orange tree that appears to float will certainly come as a surprise. However, the tree is actually suspended by chains, hanging roughly one foot above the street. Despite being created by Israeli artist Ran Morin in 1993, this installation somehow looks at home within the ancient streets of Jaffa. The tree is fed through a drip system and continues to produce fruit.
The roots are enclosed in a large earthenware container and the trunk emanates from a large crack near the top. It’s as if the tree is breaking free of its confines into the warm courtyard air outside. Morin intended for the tree to draw parallels with society’s relationship with nature.
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Entry is unrestricted, as the tree resides on a public street. Some steep roads and steps in the area. As an old town, vehicular access is practically impossible. But a leisurely walk around will yield many small shops run by local artists.