Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sky love

Last Friday Jerusalem's sky still had some clouds.
Visiting daughter Naomi and I took the kids to the Israel Museum.
These "kids" stand on the roof and welcome young visitors to the Youth Wing.
Dean and Eyal loved playing in this part of the Sculpture Garden. And why not? The letters spell ahava, Hebrew for LOVE.
Robert Indiana designed "Ahava" especially for the Israel Museum. The artist avoided his usual bold colors here because the sculpture is positioned in a way that makes it possible to sky-watch through the letters.
It is said that this angle alludes to the marriage of heaven and earth, with love.
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OK, I have to turn off the lights now. Israel is finally observing Earth Hour in all our big cities, starting tonight at 8:00 in Tel Aviv, 8:10 in Jerusalem, etc.
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Another round of SkyWatch Friday is starting tonight. Take a look.

27 comments:

Gunilla said...

Lovely photos.

Thanks for sharing

Gunilla in Sweden

Gill - That British Woman said...

What a neat way to great the kids to the museum.

Gill in Canada

Neverending Story said...

I love the thinking behind the Ahava design. Thanks for the education.

Merisi said...

What a memorable experience for children - thank you for sharing!

Guy D said...

Very cool and unique shots, I love em.

Have a great weekend.
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Erin said...

the love sculpture is a nice piece and a great piece for children to climb on. beautiful sky there.

Rune said...

Great SkyWatch :) Nice photo!

Photo Cache said...

That is one cool sculpture.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you Dina for this wonderful post. It is very interesting to read about your country. Thanks for your visit too!

Michele said...

Oh these are adorable sculptures and I love the way they are positioned and what they stand for!

Marc said...

Love that sign. Hope you had a good Earth Hour.

Carol said...

Beautiful photos...I love the Ahava...

B Squared said...

Very nice. Shalom.

Abe Lincoln said...

Nice post. I like that you are celebrating Earth Day.

susieofarabia said...

I "LOVE" the statue!

Ann said...

Cute kids and I really like the love sculpture. HOw long has it been there, I'm pretty sure I've been to that museum - is it the one with the Dead SEa Scrolls? - but don't remember seeing that.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Love those little kids on top of the museum!!! You are like us. After all the seriousness of the spring holidays, nice to feature a little cotidian fun!

Cloudia said...

Marriage of heaven and earth
with love.
Lovely, Dina
Aloha

spacedlaw said...

Impressive sculpure.

Nazzareno said...

Always aimed and just messages, thanks.
Serene we.
Ciao.

GMG said...

Hi Dina! I'm sure you're enjoying the Aussies visit and having great fun... ;)

After the green, Blogtrotter entered the old town... ;)
Enjoy and have a great weekend! I’m going to be busy at the Music Fest (Bach’s legacy… ;))

Caprice- said...

Love the perspective you choose. Very creative.
Caprice

mommanator said...

Looks like much love is shared at this museum!

Sreisaat said...

I love the first photo -- very playful and inviting!


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bellamocha said...

Wonderful photos! I love the sky glimpsing through the 'Ahava' sign- very powerful! Is the artist the same one who did the 'LOVE' sign in NYC? I was there last night taking a picture of it- he is so talented.

You have such fascinating things to read here, I'm glad to have found you. I'll be back to read more.

My Skywatch Friday is up too.
Bella :)

JM said...

The ahava sculpture is awesome!

Dina said...

Thanks for all your nice comments, everyone!

Ann, the "Ahava" is from 1977. Yes, it is in the Billy Rose Art Garden which is just past the Dead Sea scrolls/Shrine of the Book.


Erin, uhh, I think we saw the "No climbing" little sign only as we were leaving ...

Bellamocha, welcome! Yes, Robert Indiana is the same artist who designed the first LOVE Christmas card in 1964, and the U.S. postage stamp in 1973, and all the other versions.