In November 2019 an exhibition on Ideal Cities and Utopia opened at the Vitrina Gallery at the Holon Institute of Technology in Israel. The exhibition is inspired by the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. The exhibition hosts the installation of a mural created by the architect Dr. Elias Messinas, which combines sketches and writings from his travels around the world.

Dr. Elias Messinas has been traveling as a student since the early 1980s, visiting cities and sites around the world. Elias has documented his experiences in sketches and writings in more than 30 travel sketchbooks. The mural “Ideal Cities” was created for the exhibition, presenting an imaginary horizontal cityscape of cities and places. The mural combines the ancient with the modern, the streets of New Haven and the Yale campus, where Elias studied. He brings together Granada and the hill of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He links a busy street in Madrid with a serene view of the Aegean Sea. The mural allows the eye to wander, to stop at details, to explore a building, and to gaze at the open horizon. Very similar to the way we experience a city. This new urban experience, is enriched with texts and sketches from Elias’ sketchbooks.

The exhibition will remain open until December 31, 2019.