The Hall of Visionaries gallery is a giant, colorful mural, but one essentially different than any other due to advanced technology. This hand-drawn mural by a team of artists has been transferred to 36 LCD screens, which are linked together seamlessly and project motion and text upon touch.
As one passes along the mural, he may touch any of the eleven figures – heroes of Christian Zionism – depicted along the way. This triggers animated motion of the figure plus brief text which tells of the figure shown on the screen. Along the mural, too, are quotes from classical Biblical sources which speak of the return of the Jews to their homeland.
This Visionaries gallery is an “action mural” in more than just a technical sense, however. It is a natural follow-up to the previous Dreamers gallery, for in this room one meets people who carried the dream further into a vision of a Jewish state reborn through their advocacy and their actions.
Meet the Visionaries
Here we meet such stalwart Jewish homeland supporters as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria of Britain, British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, as well as US President Woodrow Wilson, the :”father of Biblical geography” Edward Robinson of the US, and Walter Clay Lowdermilk, the US expert who developed the water plan that was used in the earliy days of the State of Israel.
Tower and stockade – The Jewish pioneers
In addition to the giant touch-screen mural, there is also a monitor in the gallery showing authentic black and white footage of the early settlement efforts of Jewish pioneers in pre-state Israel, many of whom were actively supported by the Visionaries honored here.
The Vision was indeed on its way towards becoming the rebirth of a Jewish state after nearly 2000 years of exile.