Ezra Orion's early earth-bound sculpture, described as "Launching Pads for the Mind". were attempts to defy gravity both physically and metaphorically. Later he actually launched his projects into space, and they are still out there, traveling at the speed of light toward venues still uncharted.
Shimon Peres said about Ezra Orion: "Judaism, from ancient times, forbid us the use of images and likenesses in our art. But this prohibition gave us license to plunge to the depths and soar to the heights - in pursuit of artistic truth. We were forbidden to content ourselves with all that is material, external, and superficial - thus opening us to the profound and the sublime. The sculptural works of Ezra Orion are an original, prototypical creation - so characteristic of the daring of this gifted artist. The idea of sketching sculptural figures in the solar system is the product of artistic audacity; the result of the compulsion to wrestle with nature; the outgrowth of creative accomplishments on earth."
"Ezra Orion was born on Kibbutz Beit Alfa
. The family moved to Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan
when he was five. In 1952, he attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
but left after a year of studies to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces
From 1964 to 1967, he attended the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
and the Royal College of Art
in London.Orion lives and works at Midreshet Ben-Gurion
in Sde Boker
Orion describes his geologic structures as “launching pads” for the mind. In the late 1980s, he executed an "Intergalactic Sculpture" by sending a Laser
beam to the Milky Way
under the auspices of the Israeli Space Agency
and the Israel Museum
From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Orion
You can see a YouTube video of Ezra Orion at: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q05hBzgbzU
To see ther sculptures by Ezra Orion go to:
Ma'alot in Jerusalem; www.israelpublicart.com/collection/maalo...
Untitled at Desert Scultpure Park: www.israelpublicart.com/collection/untit...
Sculpture at the Israel Museum - Jerusalem: www.israelpublicart.com/collection/sculp...