Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Peace Park

Visitors to Israel may wish to know that, situated near the imposing Baha'i Gardens in Haifa, is a small green and bronze jewel of a place- מצפור שלום Mitzpor Shalom, The Peace Park. The Peace Park is a piece of history- a garden in which 29 works of art are installed- life-size and life like sculptures created by Ursula Malbin. Over sixty of her eighty two years of life were spent creating quietly, diligently, without publicity or the support of any art gallery, affluent sponsors of artworks.
Ursula Malbin's sculptures, representing children, young men, women and animals, are marked by excellent craftsmanship, imbued with a serene buoyancy and set off by an occasional touch of humor.

URSULA MALBIN was born on April 12, 1917, in Berlin to Jewish parents, both doctors of medicine. She herself was trained to become a cabinet-maker. In 1939 after her family had already left (just a few weeks before World War II began) she fled Nazi Germany alone, penniless and without a passport.

She was in Geneva when the war broke out, and there she met the sculptor Henri Paquet, whom she married in 1941. Ursula and Henri have a daughter Claudine born in 1945, who has two sons.

Since 1967, Ursula Malbin has divided her creative life between the Artists’ Village of Ein Hod in Israel and the village of Troinex near Geneva in Switzerland.

Malbin’s work is special in its simplicity, in its fragile yet graceful depiction of the human form, and in its celebration of the enduring beauty of life despite all vissitudes. To maintain the purity of her inspiration, the artist works without models, relying only on her imagination for the pure, sculptured indication of her own attitude to life.

Over the years, Malbin’s works have found their way into parks, gardens, schools, hospitals and private collections in Europe and North America. One original of each of her creations is donated to the Sculpture Garden in Haifa that opened to the public in 1978.

Mitzpor Shalom is the first park in the world dedicated solely to the works of one sculptress.

Would you like to visit the park? Here's a sweet movie to watch...

1 comment:

  1. oh, it's similar to hakone open air museum in japan. by the way,i love your blog.did you give up writing it?


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