Thursday, September 24, 2009

Head in the clouds

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For SkyWatch Friday we can watch the changing clouds and sky through American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's "Modern Head."

Made of brushed steel, the sculpture stands 31 feet (9 1/2 meters) tall.

In the previous post we saw the rock sculpture depicting Abraham's almost-sacrifice of Isaac, his beloved son. On one face of the stone was written in Hebrew pahad Yitzhak, meaning the fear of Isaac, or Yitzhak's terror.

From that "Binding of Isaac" sculpture you see the "Modern Head" as in the photo above. That close.
The two were assembled in close proximity in the garden of Safra Square (Jerusalem City Hall) for a reason.
Following Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's death, Roy Lichtenstein, James Goodman, and Jeffrey Loria donated "Modern Head" to the Israel Museum in honor of Rabin. The museum later lent it to the Jerusalem Municipality.
Together the two sculptures, even though made before the 1995 assassination, create a tacit memorial site to the late Yitzhak (Isaac) Rabin.
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27 comments:

TOG said...

I didn't know that he made more then one. I used it on my blog on Sept. 11 09. The picture looks black but it's dark blue. They look like they are the same size.

Reader Wil said...

This sculpture is placed on the best spot there is to show its beauty!

Daryl said...

Nice shot... impressive work ..have a nice weekend

nonizamboni said...

Wonderful bequeath! And your sky views have done it justice. Thanks for sharing the beauty and the reminders. . .

Julie said...

I love the burnished steel in the sculpture, Dina. Against the sky with the glint of the sun, it seems to come to life.

Bestemor Aud said...

Very interresting story and beautiful pictures. A special monument!
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vincibene said...

Impressive pictures!

JM said...

Great choice for the skywatch theme, Dina! I do like Roy Lichtenstein's work a lot!

Marju said...

Beautiful photos!

Leif Hagen said...

Funky and cool sculpture, Dina! Love it!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Why do I think I have seen this before? I have not yet been to your country. Maybe it was shown as a work in progress or something. In any event it is nice to see again in its natural setting.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Its a wonderful sculpture. I can't imagine 31 feet tall though.

Dimple said...

Thanks! The modern head is interesting & shows a beautiful sky.

susieofarabia said...

I like it! I love public art, as you well know!

Stine said...

Marvelous sculpture with clean lines in steel that I appreciate for their beauty. Thank you for explaining the sculpture's meaning.

Now I'm off to check out your previous post.

J Bar said...

That's an interesting piece of art.
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Arlene said...

interesting sculpture!

happy Friday!

Virginia said...

Dina,
Beautifully captured from many angles.
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Regina said...

Great sculpture and shots.

Cloudia said...

So valuable coming here, Dina.


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Dina said...

Shalom to all and thanks for your visit and nice comments.

TOG, thanks for the link to your post of the sculpture in Coral Gables.

TOG and Abraham, yes, like Salvador Dali's menorah (posted a few days ago) the "Modern Head" apparently exists in several copies. See
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/atm-history-200811.html
for its interesting connection with Sept. 11.

Pietro said...

What an interesting sculpture. And it's placed in a really wonderful place. Thanks for sharing, Dina.

magiceye said...

beautiful pictures

Hilda said...

I like the sculpture but it's huge! Quite an unusual combination for a memorial too, but it sounds right.

pasadenaadjacent said...

I've been a little to busy lately to do much blogging. Look what happens while I'm away!! Several posts on public art.
I liked Rabin. Thought he was a good politician

Kay said...

That's a beautiful sculpture.

mirae said...

Dina dear,I love this sculpture the form is sleek like modern technology and the vision is skyward.

You have such beautiful art in Jerusalem the celestial garden of the Holy Land.