Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kikar Levana (White Square)

Israel, Tel Aviv, Wolfson Park, White City Statue 1977 - 1988 A Sculpture By Danny Karavan Born 1930. This Sculpture Is Also Known As White Square

Kikar Levana is an environmental sculpture that sits atop a small hill, at the Edith Wolfson Park, in Tel Aviv. Work on it began in 1977 and was completed in 1988. The sculpture’s name means White Square and perhaps alludes to the city’s nickname, the White City. It is located at the highest point in Tel Aviv, where the city meets nearby Givatayim. It is not the type of place frequented by tourists, but rather by residents of nearby neighborhoods who come to enjoy the park.
Kikar Levana was made by of Dani Karavan.He has chosen to use white concrete. The contrast between the sculpture, the park’s greenery and the surrounding buildings, most of which are made of reinforced concrete is stark.
This sculpture spans an area of 30 x 50 meters. It features many of the elements that are familiar in Karavan’s other works, a pyramid, a water channel, a tower (with wind flutes), and a dome with an olive tree in its center.
The sculpture manages to stand out from its surroundings while blending in with the setting, which aside from its purely esthetic quality is much of its appeal.
“The site dictates the forms and the materials. The site determines and decides. The use of the forms and of the materials is the request that needs to be respected, that should not be ignored”, wrote Karavan, in Dani Karavan, Dialogue with the Environment/Resonance with the Earth.
Kikar Levana is located at the Edith Wolfson Park in Tel Aviv. The sculpture is located in a public park that is open all day.

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