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Israel's biggest sculpture exhibit underway
Jerusalem's Mamilla Avenue invites visitors to view 120 pieces created by 60 different artists under the open sky, free of charge
Israel's biggest outdoor sculpture exhibition was launched in Jerusalem last week. Some 120 pieces created by 60 different artists – all free of charge.

 

This is the fourth year in a row that the Alrov Mamilla Avenue management presents an outdoor exhibition under the open sky. This year's chosen theme was music and the exhibit was named "Muse".


 

Sculpture of orchestra conductor on Mamilla Avenue

 

Visitors will be met by sculptures of a tambourine and King David's harp, alongside a saxophone, a grand piano, a woman-shaped cello, and couples dancing to the sounds of tango or any other melody one can imagine.

 

Oldest sculptor: 86-year-old Shoah survivor

One of the most interesting sculptures at the avenue's western entrance was created by Dr. Martin Kieselstein, a Holocaust survivor who sculpted three images of musicians he remembered from the concentration camps.

 

Kieselstein, 86, is the oldest among the 60 artists presenting their work at the outdoor exhibition.

 

The exhibition allows artists to display modern and contemporary art in an avenue combining old and new, reconstructed and modern buildings, restaurants, cafés, clothing and jewelry stores, and most importantly – adjacent to Jerusalem's Old City and Jaffa Gate.

 

Tzipi Vital, curator and producer of the "Muse" exhibition, approached many artists and asked them to create different pieces focusing on musical instruments, music and movement and, of course, inspired by a muse.

 

The artists worked on their creations for about a year and a half. Some of the sculptures are more than two-meters high.

 

Sixty artists were selected out of a group of many candidates. Their work can be viewed throughout 2012.

 

 

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