Tel Aviv Squares

In this series, I focus on four iconic Tel Aviv’s squares which are known for their iconic public artworks:

Habima Square

Tel Aviv by Ilanit Shamia (4)

Habima (the stage) is the name of the national theater of Israel but the square is also known as The Orchestra Plaza, as for it serves as a public arena for The Culture Palace building (the home of Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra) as well.

The Uprise sculpture(also known as The Three Circles) was created in 1974 by the artists Menashe Kadishman. The Three Circles sculpture is probably one of the most identified and iconic symbols of Tel Aviv. The Tree on the Hill is a relatively new (and beautiful) addition, and a part of Dani Karavan‘s (the sculptor behind the renovation of the square, 2011) whole vision

Rabin Square

Tel Aviv by Ilanit Shamia (1)

The Sculpture in Rabin Square was created by Yigal Tumarkin, one of Israel’s well known Artists. The sculpture was created as a memorial to the Holocaust and revival. It is part of Rabin square since 1975, only then, the square was known by its formal name Kings of Israel Square. In 1995 the square was renamed following the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Masaryk Square

Tel Aviv by Ilanit Shamia (2)

The star of Masaryk Square is The Duck. A cheerful and optimistic yellow creature. The statue was build in the memory of his creator, the late Dudu Geva, one of Tel Aviv iconic figures and one of Israel’s best illustrators and a comic book artist. The duck was one of his most identified characters. Creating and placing The Duck as a public art monument was a beautiful initiative of his two children, following his dream, to place animal statues in the streets of Tel Aviv.

White Square

Tel Aviv by Ilanit Shamia (3)

White Square (Kikar Levana) was designed by sculptor Dani Karavan‘s (who is also the artist behind the renovation of the Habima Square). it is a large geometric piece – each element is meant to reflect a meaningful site or occasion in Tel-Aviv’s history – located in “Edith Wolfson” park in Tel Aviv. The sculpture is built on a high hill which is, geographically, the highest place in Tel-Aviv.