Last Train from Jaffa to Jerusalem

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Yigal Tumarkin


3 Kaufman



Painted steel and railroad trucks



Description Railroad track with equipment that might be used for clearing snow from the route to Jerusalem if it went to Jerusalem, and if it snowed
Caption If the viewer was ot familiar with Tumarkin this could be dismissed as just abandoned railroad equipment. In fact it is a sophisticated modern sculpture that employs industrial scrap to create an evocative contemporary installation.

About the artist:"Sculptor, and Painter, Theoretician and Stage Designer as well. b. 1933, Dresden, Germany. Immigrated to Israel 1935. Studies: 1954 with Rudi Lehman, Ein Hod. 1955-57 Worked as stage-designer for the "Berliner Ensemble" with Bertholdt Brecht. 1957-1957 Sculpted in The Netherlands, Germany and Paris, and became close to the Dada artists of Europe. 1961 Moved back to Israel. Prizes: 1963 First Prize for Memorial of "Choulikat";1968 Sandberg Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem; 1968 First Prize for Memorial to Sailors, Haifa; 1971 First Prize for Memorial for "Holocaust and Resurrection", Tel Aviv; 1978 First Prize in the Biennale for Drawing, Reike; 1984 Reward from the President of the Italian Republic; 1992 August Rodin Prize, The International Sculpture Competition of the Open Museum, Hakone, Japan, for his sculpture Macht Arbeit Frei; 1997 Reward of Excellence, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany; 1998 Sussman Prize, Vienna; 2004 Israel Prize for Sculpture. Repertoire of over 80 outdoor sculptures around the world, including: 1966 "Peace Memorial", Hebron Road, Jerusalem; 1971 "Homage to Jerusalem", Givat Shapira; 1973 "Challenge to the Sun", Ramot Alon, Jerusalem; 1986 "Chichen Itzma", Kiriat Menahem, Jerusalem; 1986 Pisgat Zeev, Jerusalem; 1989 Homage to Robert Capa, Pozoblanco, Spain; 1989 La Liberte, Bordeaux, France; 1991 Bertolt Brecht, Berlin Museum Garden; 1992 "Jerusalem - Three Faiths", Mount Scopus, Jerusalem; 1993 My Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan; 1993 Semaphore, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot; 1994-1996 The Sculpture Farden of Belvoir; 1997 Memorial for Itzhak Rabin, Ramat Gan Museum; 2000 Abu Nabut Garden, Jaffa. Tomarkin frequently exhibits ib Israel and in Europe and the U.S.A., and gained international recognition. His art involves harsh political statements, what made him a very controversial artist, but at the same time, one of the most dominant figures in modern Israeli art."From the Urban Gallery web site: sculpture was donated by the Israel Railways.

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To see other Tumarkin sculptures look at:  
“Blue” in Abu Nabut Park, Jaffa: []     
    and 14 other sculptures also in Abu Nabut Park 
“Happening” at Tel Aviv University: [
“Holocaust and Revival” in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv:[
“Mitzpe Moav” in Arad: [
“Seating Dawn” in Hayarkon Park: [
“Tefen” at Tefen Industrial Park, Western Gallilee: []

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