INTRODUCTION: Israeli ecologists have complained about a French artist having painted large expanses of the Sinai Desert, in an area near Mount Sinai.
SV Camels drinking at well ZOOM INTO GV OF rocks painted blue.
GVs Blue-painted rocks. (5 SHOTS)
GVs Darker-blue rock with red and light blue lines, ZOOM OUT TO LV OF painted rocks. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM IN TO SCU Amir Yechieli speaking.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
YECHIELI: "It's not any taste against blue and red rocks in the desert. I like the desert as it is better. But, in a point, you come and change, and interfere. You do an act that (INDISTINCT), leaves no end. He never asked the right questions, he doesn't know...leaves the...he visits the Sinai for two weeks as then he started work and work, and how to paint... and this doesn't look to me serious."
REPORTER: "Did the Israeli Society for the Protection of Nature try to prevent his painting the area.?"
YECHIELI: "We did whatever we could but the role was not in our hands."
REPORTER: "What did you do?"
YECHIELI: "We tried to write letters to Sadat, and to other experts in the world who deal with ecology. And we found out there is nobody in Egypt to deal with ecology. I mean, from the ecology point of view, nobody came to Egypt yet."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli ecologists have complained about a French artist having painted large expanses of the Sinai Desert, in an area near Mount Sinai. Mr. Amir Yechieli said in Jerusalem on Wednesday (4 February) that he and colleagues had written letter of protest to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat when they'd learned of the project by artist Jean Verame. They had found out, the ecologist said, the Egypt has no formal organisation to deal with ecology.
SYNOPSIS: Monsiuer Verame began his work which he called "Sinai Peace Junction", in October last year, after 12 months of preparations.
The artist and his Bedouin helpers had brought three tons of primer and ten tons of paint. Using a compressor, they had done most of their work by spraying, but also used some brush work. Great boulders were coated a vivid blue, which the artist predicted would last for many years, despite inevitable erosion from wind blown sand. Some places were dabbed in black, and others left in their natural rosy tan, bringing, according to Monsieur Verame, a human dimension to the desert.
Amir Yechieli, the latest of the artists' many critics, once lived at nearby Santa Katherina field school.