Rabin Square Sculpture

Last week I posted pictures from A Walk in Tel Aviv.

One of the pictures was from Rabin Square and I mentioned that I would do more research about it.

Yigal Tumarkin Holocaust Memorial Sculpture Rabin Square

Holocaust Memorial Sculpture

The sculpture in this picture was created by Yigal Tumarkin and is a memorial to the Holocaust. The name of the sculpture is “Lashoa velagvora”. I have seen the English name of the sculpture in several forms, but the one that seems to occur the most is  “Monument to the Holocaust and Revival”. I love the lines of this sculpture, and also the contrast of the woman and child below. To me the living woman and child, as I have captured them in this picture, represent Revival.

Tumarkin was born in Dresden, Germany in 1933 and immigrated to the Mandate of Palestine at the age of two. Tumarkin has won many awards and prizes for his sculptures, including the prestigious Israel Prize. Tumarkin has created many outdoor sculptures in Israel and his work is also displayed in Europe and Japan.

This sculpture was completed in 1974 in what was then known as Kings of Israel Square. The square was renamed to Rabin Square in 1995 after  Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in the square following a rally in support of the Oslo Accords.

I was not able to find many pictures of this sculpture on the internet, but earlier ones look a little different. The descriptions that I have found say that the sculpture is made from steel and glass. The earlier pictures show glass on the outside of the sculpture.

I could not find any information about what happened to the glass on the sculpture, but I am sure that the information is out there somewhere. To me, I like the sculpture the way it is now, as you can clearly see the structure of the monument. However, I am sure that the glass had significance to Tumarkin or it would not have been there. Does the missing glass now give additional significance to the sculpture? I will have to do more research.

As always sculptures can mean different things to different people. We each see things from our own perspective and our own life experiences. The surrounding environment where a sculpture is placed can also change over the years and can add to or change the meaning of a sculpture.


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9 Responses to Rabin Square Sculpture

  1. Glenda McDougal says:

    Very interesting!! I like it better without the glass.

  2. Sara & Allan Bernstein says:

    When viewing the Holocaust Memorial Sculpture on Google earth satellite view, the sculpture has the shape of a Star of David. I have not seen any reference to this in any description of the sculpture on the web. Does anyone know the reason?

    • vanbraman says:

      I don’t think that there is a specific reason that it is not referenced. More likely, it is simply not commonly known that it has the shape of a Star of David when viewed from above. I looked at google maps and verified that it does have that shape. I am sure that Tumarkin designed it that way. Looking at my pictures with the shape in mind, I can reconstruct the image from ground level, but only because I now know it is there.

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