Sculptures for Peace at Kaukab Abu El-Hija

Sculptures for Peace at Kaukab Abu El-Hija


 The Israel Review of Arts and Letters - 1997/105
Sculptures for Peace at Kaukab Abu El-Hija

The village of Kaukab Abu el-Hija is located on the rolling hills of the Segev area of Lower Galilee, 425 metres above sea level. The village, with its population of some 2,500 Sunni Moslems, has a panoramic view westwards towards the Mediterranean Sea, south towards Nazareth, east to the Sea of Galilee and north to the mountains of Upper Galilee.

The idea of establishing a sculpture garden in Kaukab dedicated to the concept of peace and coexistence, was initiated after the signing of the Oslo agreements in 1993, implementing the ongoing peace process in the Middle East. It was taken at the initiative of the Kaukab local council together with Beit Hagefen, the Arab-Jewish Centre in Haifa, and with the help and backing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the Haifa Municipality.

The sculpture garden extends over two hill tops with other pieces scattered around the village and its entrance. At present there are some 30 works in situ with others planned. The sculptures have been donated by their Israeli (Arab and Jewish) and Palestinian artists.

   Sherif Waked,
 The Trapped Pigeon
 In the background,  the  village  of  Kaukab  Abu  el-Hija,  1995
   Nabil Anani,
 Window in Horizon,  1995
   Yonit Diamand,
 Vision, 1995
   Suliman Mansur,
 Kaukab, 1995
   Orna Lutski,
 Three Palm Trees, 1997
   Ofra Zimbalista,
 Beneficience Table, 1996
   Bashir Abu Rabia and
 Fayez El Sersawi,
 Freedom Tree, 1995
   Shuki Eli,
 I Have a Dream, 1995
   Itzik Adi,
 The Chair of Peace,  1995
   Halil Rian,
 Abu Jafar, 1995
   Ahmed Kena'an,
 Baling Machine and  Plough,  1995
   Ya'akov Chefetz,
 Silent Rustle, Miracle,  1997
   Axel Ewald,
 Passage Way, 1995
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