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BGU Launches Campus Sculpture Project

BGU Launches Campus Sculpture Project

June 25, 2014

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Anyone planning on visiting BGU’s Marcus Family Campus is sure to notice a spectacular sight; several sculptures have brought new life and majesty to the campus.

scalpt300 So far, two sculptures, designed and built by Ofra Zimbalista, have been constructed, but they are just the first in a series of 11 sculptures meant to immerse on-lookers in a  history of Israeli sculpture over the last three decades.

One of Zimbalista’s sculptures serves as a welcome to the University. It stands in front of the Zalman Aranne Central Library and is titled “The Choir.” It depicts five people holding songbooks and communicating in sign language. The characters sign the words, “love”, “home”, and “straight and narrow”.

The other sculpture is of a scientist who is scaling the walls of the W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall, while three other figures ascend the Cukier, Goldstein-Goren Building for Humanities and Sciences carrying musical instruments. The scientist is only one step away from reaching the top.

The project is an initiative of BGU’s president, Prof. Rivka Carmi, and Prof. Haim Maor from the Department of the Arts, who serves as art advisor to the University. BGU sent a call for designs to sculptors all across Israel.


Numerous proposals were presented to a panel of seven judges who selected Zimbalista and nine other well recognized sculptors to decorate the campus.

They include: Sigalit Landau, Ya’acov Dorchin, the late Buki Schwartz, David Payne, Bernie Fink, Ilan Averbuch, Zvika Kantor, and Sasha Serber.

Upon completion of the project at the Marcus Family Campus, BGU plans to begin a similar art adventure on its new North Campus.


About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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