Sculptor Ahiam Shoshany.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
That is how KKL-JNF marked the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Ahiam Shoshany, who was born in the Galilee in 1916. The sculptor lived most of his life in Paris, and donated some 90 of his stone sculptures to KKL-JNF. These statues, whose subjects range from animals, mother and child representations, and Biblical figures, are on display at the Ahiam museum, some in the thermal baths and others in the Roman amphitheater of KKL-JNF’s Shuni Park, also known as Jabotinsky Park.
Students from the Ort-Shomron High School enjoyed a KKL-JNF sponsored fun day which first took them on hike to the Carmel Forest
where they visited the memorial monument in honor of those who died during the Carmel Forest Fire in 2010. Then they were treated to an afternoon of workshops at Shuni Park where they learned about Ahiam’s life and his love of the local balsat stone with which he worked for many of his monumental pieces. Museum director Moshe Lupan explained to the children the importance of the sense of smell to Shoshany in his work. His pieces also express the suffering of his family after his father and twin sister died when he was two years old. Much of his work expresses opposition to war, suffering and injustice.
“He was the first sculptor after 2000 years who began to sculpt with the Israeli basalt stone,” Lupan told them.
Wandering around the thermal pools, the students posed for pictures with the statues, running their hands over the smooth stone surface. They also made their own creations out of wood and natural materials such as pine cones, dried corn cobs and carob pods. They also visited the Shuni archaeological museum which displays utensils for daily living, jewelry, glass jars, statues and other artifacts found on the site.
“It is fun here,” commented student Shir Schwartz. “There are trees all around and grass, and I never thought I could build a sculpture from corncobs and pine cones!”
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