Copyright © 2019 All rights reserved JACOBILIYA Liya Jacobi  ליה יעקבי 

A collection of interactive art installations inspired by "The Tomy Waterful" made in 1976


size:  60*80*20  cm    materials used:  wood plexiglass water 3d printed objects

Taking two years of prototypes, trials, failures and plans in order to complete both visually and mechanically,Waterful was inspired by Liya's favorite childhood toy.


Liya chose to use the Waterful series as an avenue for storytelling and each piece expresses her playfulness and (slight) obsession with toys. She experiments with a diverse array of materials to create each Waterful.

The objects in each Waterful are 3D printed, hand-painted and undergo a special coating process to ensure  that they will not disintegrate in water.

Each object that is placed in the water container is printed and tested tirelessly so that it has the precise weight for it to float properly in the installation. 

Each Waterful's production has a unique process according to its theme and the pieces necessary to make its story come to life.

All Waterful pieces are made by Liya in Tel Aviv.




Adam and Eve


According to the creation myth, Adam and Eve were the first man and woman - the creation of life as we know it.


Water, being crucial to human life, inspired the theme of Adam and Eve - the ultimate story that reflects the question of temptation versus destiny.


The apples in Waterful represent the first temptation. In modern society, the temptations we face are plentiful and exist all around us. Their flow in the water make us wonder, which temptation will we act upon and on which path will they take us?


Which path will existence itself take?




Water is the first sign of life and the space program represents the everlasting search for life on other planets. Water is the container that holds this story together. As we create a force opposing gravity, the astronauts are propelled into space.


The quest to find signs of life beyond earth has created much tension, competition and politics between nations. It's the universal question that binds us together but also has the potential to tear us apart.




Waterful Knowledge was inspired by the age of information and the changing role of books in our society. Knowledge is an accumulation of experiences, information and imagination - it cannot be fully measured. 


We have an infinite amount of stories we tell about ourselves, others and the world. We string these stories together to find patterns. At any time, we can decide to look for another pattern.


Books have always been a natural symbol of knowledge. When we choose to read, we choose to change ourselves. What we know is who we are. 


The library featured in this Waterful was inspired by the Upper Lusatia Library of Sciences, located in Borockhaus, one of the most significant Baroque buildings in Gorlitz built between 1726  and 1729 for a famous merchant. The library houses over 140,000 books on history, culture, art, economy, politics and nature of the region.


In the famous Knowledge mural by American painter Robert Lewis Reid made in 1896, a woman is depicted holding a book - more evidence that the book has been a symbol of knowledge throughout history.


Today, technology enables diverse paths to knowledge. The increasing use of screens and the Internet leads to the questions, what will the new symbol of knowledge become?


Noah's Ark


The story of the flood and Noah’s Ark leaves room for imagination and visualization. In this Waterful, Noah’s Ark is recreated from the perspective of a child’s fantasy with a game-like experience that displays one of the oldest stories passed down through generations.


The story of the flood, relayed in the book of Genesis, closely parallels the story of creation: a cycle of creation, un-creation and re-creation.


In the beginning of the book of Genesis, God creates the three-level world as a space in the midst of the waters for humanity to inhabit. In the flood narrative, God fills that space with waters again, saving only Noah, his family and the animals with him in the ark.


The flood story in Genesis is repeated in various historical and religious texts such as the Quran, where the ark appears as Safina Nuh (Arabic: سفينة نوح‎ "Noah's boat”).


Talmudic tractates relate that, while Noah was building the ark, he attempted to warn his neighbors of the coming destruction, but was ignored or mocked. 


This story reflects today’s reality. Humanity has been warned for decades of the impending threats facing our environment. Will we be able to re-create our planet in the face of destruction?