Gili Eshel - Community environmental sculpture workshops, is a company with 15 years of experience working in education, art and sustainability in public and community spaces, in Israel and abroad.
The framework of community, artistic creation and sustainability themes all form the core values and practices standing at the base of the shared community workshops.
The heart of our work is to empower children, teens and adults through active participation in creating environmental sculptures and structures.
Based on our experience guiding hundreds of workshops and the thousands of participants joining the creation, we can say that community sculpting affects children and teens and instills a sense of empathy and commitment to their environment and encourages pride and closeness with each other. Strengthening the bond between youths and their living environment will bring in turn a significant decrease in alienation and vandalizing of structures in the public space.
Together, we create environmental sculptures and structures that are functional, educational and intended for play. Participants are given the opportunity to experience an unconventional artistic activity, creating with diverse technologies and different work tools. We rely on and incorporate reusable materials extensively, craft in concrete, metal and wood, thus improving the appearance of schools, communities and environments.
In recent years, with the rising trend of outdoor learning in schools, we have been planning designated learning spaces for different age groups with the teaching staff, and building them with the students.
The end products are durable and meant to serve as expressive environmental sculptures for many years to come. Workshops are optimally adapted to their participants' motor skills and technical abilities, and are intended for children, teens and adults as a single-age group activity or multi-age integrated activity.
Our company has many years of experience in conducting workshops incorporating a variety of audiences and communities. Among our clients are government offices, public organisations, municipalities, community groups, business corporations and many educational institutions.
Waste Sculpting, Emek Hefer industrial park recycling project – could not have been such a great success and long running tradition without the work of Gili Eshel and his team, leading the students of Ramot Yam and creating such a great activity for us, on a yearly basis.
Business-Community Relations Manager
Emek Hefer industrial park
Emek Hefer Economic Development Company ltd.
The experience of acting for the environment is a formative experience for children and teenagers alike, whoever they may be.
The experience of the raw material in the hands of creators and artists is a significant one, and particularly when the materials in question are in fact recyclable waste.
However, there is no doubt that the lesson learned here is not only on recycling…
Gili has a unique approach enabling him to touch, and activate every child and every volunteer, every teacher and every student and discover hidden talents and new worlds. He has the vast experience, the sensitivity, creativity and love - love of people, of art and of the environment, and the ability to transform within a couple of days every shadowed spot into a real place of treasure and charm, with a built-in functionality and a pleasant atmosphere loaded with memories and experiences.
Beyond all these, there is the addition of the products, conveying a message of care for the environment, usability and practicality, amazingly beautiful, add vibrant colors and vividness and spread happiness all around, wherever they are.
Thank you Gili, a true artist, who accompanied us with devotion in our “Ecological Spots” project, in collaboration with the First International Bank of Israel and Matan – investing in the community.
Together we have built dozens of amazing spots for children and youth at-risk, all-over Israel.
With love and acknowledgment,
Director of Business and Community Collaborations
Matan – investing in the community.
Gili Eshel – An artist and a professional whose creations we were privileged to enjoy in many educational institutions in Beer Sheba and Ashdod.
Gili is one of those artists and service providers you can trust to do the work independently and perfectly, paying attention to details, with responsibility and care, and with pleasantness straight from the heart.
Community Relations Charge
Gili Eshel is an environmental artist who we, at the Ashkelon Agricultural Education Farm have been collaborating with for over a decade.
We have developed with Gili three zones of story book gardens at the farm:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Eliezer and the Carrot by Levin Kipnis A Wedding at the Garden by Miri Cellelzon
In addition, we have also built in the farm an open walled classroom and a grape pressing vat.
All the projects are built together with the Farm’s students and with reference to environmental aspects and reuse of products.
The activity takes place in a professional manner, with patience, tolerance and a personal and respectful attitude towards the students who are taking part in the project.
Gili provides a response to every challenge or question with professionalism, patience and personal responsibility.
We are thankful to this collaboration which has greatly contributed to the development of the Agricultural Education Farm and to date enables us in offering educational spaces we find immensely contributing to an education that makes a difference.
I highly recommend to each school or community entity to take advantage of this artist’s vast know-how and professionalism and at the end of the day enjoy an environmentally rich, magical and high-quality compound.
Director of the Agricultural and Environmental Education Farm - Ashkelon