A ceremony unveiling the new Yad Vashem Square took place Wednesday at the entrance to the Mount of Remembrance, adjacent to the museum. The square’s new design, selected by a special committee of architects and artists, was created by Shlomo Aronson Architects, in conjunction with Prof. Yarom Vardimon, dean of the Faculty of Design at Shenkar College.
“It was important that the Square, which will be used as the main entrance to Yad Vashem, be designed in a modest and minimalist fashion,” said Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev. “The Square serves as a gradual transition between the daily reality of the Jerusalem city streets to Yad Vashem; a visit which for many is a very meaningful and emotional experience.”
The ceremony was attended by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Leonard Wilf, chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem, and Zygmunt Wilf, trustee and secretary-general of the Board of the American Society for Yad Vashem. The Wilf families of the United States aided significantly in the construction of the square.