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Artist:

Shlomo Seliknger

Location:

The Open Museum - Omer Industrial Park
Ome

Material:

Basalt

Date:

1976

Description An abstract stone figure
Caption "In 1976, a Polish Jew Shlomo Selinger designed an interesting statue consisting of 3 large blocks to be erected on Charles-de-Gaulle Esplanade. There is considerable significance and reference to the Jewish religion and culture in the intricate details of his sculpture, including the letter Shen for Shaddai, the words used over doorways of Hebrew homes to signify God or the Guardian of Israel's Doors. Ten figures in the center of the statue represent the gates of death, with 10 being the required number for religious prayer. Two more at the top form the letters for Lamed and Vad, which combined represent the Lamedvavniks, the 36 who save the world from destruction. Two sets of 7 steps, representing the degrees of Hell, lead to the "path of martyrs" and across the street to an old freight car that features an exhibition narrating the tragedy of deportation." From: www.grief-tourism.com/drancy-the-tragedy-the-...

To see "The Poet and the Girl with the Flower" also by Shlomo Selinger: israelpublicart.com/public_art/?art=the-poet-...
Other References About Shlomo Selinger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shlomo_Selinger