Children of Ni’lin create cactus mural with Iraqi artist Atheir Musawi

The Museum took part in the recent local festival ‘Science Days’ in Palestine last December, organising a workshop for children with the Iraqi artist Athir Musawi at the Khawaja Palace in Ni’lin (west of Ramallah). The workshop’s theme was the cactus plant, which grows all over Palestine and has huge importance, particularly in the Ni’lin area, as a symbol of resistance. The plant faces extinction in the area as a result of urban occupation and land confiscation; it also features in one of the stories of the Museum’s Never-Part exhibition. The workshop’s creative and interactive approach was aimed at connecting the seemingly opposite concepts of natural sciences and art, using this symbolically resonant plant as a bridge between them.