Light for Zionism
A tribute to the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel, David Ben-Gurion
On the 50th anniversary of the death of David Ben-Gurion, and amidst the situation imposed on the Zionist people, the lighting artist Chen Taoz created the sculpture "Light for Zionism" with a portrait of David Ben-Gurion, a leader that is inpiring Zionists until today.
The statue is designed in a contemporary style according to the contour of the State of Israel and on front of it is a portrait of David Ben-Gurion with the words of Israeli anthem Hatikva next to it. The statue is also a menorah with candle holders for Hanukkah, which takes place in the month of the leader's death.
The Zionist symbols integrated into the statue evoke emotions in every Jew, Zionist and lover of Israel. The creation of the statue at this time is extremely important for strengthening Zionism and raising the morale of the people of Israel.
"An action that has real meaning is a positive action, not preventing the evil of others, but doing good yourself, in all your creative capacity. […] If thousands of young men rise up and do this - they will suffocate all corruption and emptiness anyway. The light drives away the darkness.” (David Ben-Gurion, from: Letter to Amos Oz, 03.28.1954 quote from the website of the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute translated by the studio).
Lighting up the candles in the statue is a metaphor for the continuation of spreading the Zionist light, the legacy of the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, who declared the independence of the State of Israel and signed the Declaration of Independence on Friday, May 14, 1948.