Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ahava

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It turns out that Valentine's Day is called Yom HaAhava in Israel, i.e. Love Day.
And this year the 30th of Shvat happened to fall on February 14, so today is Family Day as well.
(30 Shvat is the yahrzeit of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah Women.)

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.

I love how the big brother lovingly embraces his little brother, helping him down from the big sculpture.
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Wishing you all a happy day filled with love.
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15 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Dina! I love the LOVE sculpture!

susieofarabia said...

I love this sculpture, Dina! It's so bold and strong, yet it's meaning is something beautiful. Thanks for sending me that article - it was interesting. I see her point, but it IS hard for outsiders to see beyond the veil and the not driving. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Petrea said...

Isn't that sweet? Lovely pictures of a striking sculpture (and cute grandkids).

Coca Cutie said...

Happy Love day!!!!!!

Reader Wil said...

I wish you all the love from your family! My Australian family is coming on 5th May! I am looking forward to it!

Pietro said...

Dina, I like to see these beautiful pictures of your grandkids near the sculpture.
Love and serenity to you and your family!

Robin said...

I love this sculpture. We saw an amazing Robert Indiana exhibit in Maine last summer, he's incredible.

VP said...

I really like this sculpture: the shape, the subdued color and the way you photographed it... not alone!

Hilda said...

A different take on that LOVE sculpture I seem to see all over the U.S. I like its additional symbolism of the marriage between heaven and earth too. And the two brothers just beautifully finish this loving post.

I hope you and your family and friends had a loving day too, Dina.

moneythoughts said...

Thanks for posting pics of the sculpture. Had no idea he did a piece like that in Israel. Have they made a postage stamp using that image? The USPS did make a stamp out of his LOVE piece and it is a very popular stamp as you can imagine.

cieldequimper said...

Next time I see this sculpture I'll smile.

Dina said...

Shalom to all. Thanks for your LOVEly comments.

Moneythoughts, I searched a bit but did not find an Israeli stamp for the "Ahava" sculpture.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I prefer this sculpture to Indian's iconic "love" I'll be putting this in my "public art from around the world" folder

Jilly said...

What fabulous shots of this fascinating sculpture. I love the children too, one helping the other.

Dick said...

Wow, those sculptures are very large.