Sculptures tell their stories


Sculptures tell their stories throughout the city of Ramla


The Stone Sculpture Symposium, the first of its kind in Ramla, was held in the square of the White Tower, with 10 well known sculptors in attendance; these sculptors were hewing huge stones of 2 cube per stone. The sculptors worked for ten days, imbibing their works with motifs relating to the features of the city of Ramla. Today, inhabitants and guests can observe these sculptures that are spread throughout the city, and enjoy the art work that was developed in just several days. The following artists attended the symposium: Shlomo Katz, Mor Yedidya, Yulazri Mati, Zila Gal, Nihad Devit, Nir Sherf, Tanya Preminger, Yoel Shmukler, Zeev Krisher and Yuri Matzkin


Davit Nihad studied at Telma Yellin School, and won a scholarship to the Art Academy in Sophia, Bulgaria. His works have been displayed in many exhibits in Israel and abroad, the foremost being: won first prize in a Sculpturing Exhibition with Bread at Athens 1988, and an additional exhibit in Athens in 2002. Davit engages in sculpting and education through art. At the Ramla Symposium he sculpted the sculpture The Swing which symbolizes the landscape of childhood, the embryo in its mothers stomach, ups and downs in all our lives. The work of art incorporates iron and is airy and translucent, consisting of knots that symbolize the ties in our lives.



The sculpture Swing, Childhood Landscape is positioned at the Dani Square, no. 11.


Shlomo Katz is a teacher at Bezalal School of Art, specializes in artistic print, sculpting and computerized design, founder and director of the Ramla Arts Center. Environmental sculpting Practicing in the Sand Dunes at Husmasa Museum in Holon, a monument in memory of Ramlas Holocaust survivors, The Hebrew Bible (Tanach) may be found in Ashdod, The Magic Garden in Maalot, The Dutch Streets in Rehovot.

Prizes Sharett Foundation for young artists, Education and Community Involvement Prize awarded by the Municipality of Holon.

The sculptor sculpted Venus from Ramla at the Sculpture Symposium in Ramla, which incorporates elements of Venus, who symbolizes femininity and reproduction, combined with the White Tower, which symbolizes a male figure and the survivability of the city of Ramla.


The sculpture Venus from Ramla may be found on 10 Yehuda Stein St.



Tanya Preminger, holds a Master degree from the Academy of Art in Moscow. She is active in different fields of art: sculpting, landscape sculpting, art installations and photography. Won an art scholarship from the University of Houston and Omaha in the United States. She also won Artists awards in Korea, Italy, Argentina, and in Taiwan. She has displayed her works in 25 solo exhibits and in 55 competitions and sculpture symposiums. Has participated in over 60 group exhibits and has positioned about 50 sculptures in Israel and abroad.

She sculpted the Hatikva sculpture at the Ramla Symposium, a round sculpture that expresses the fullness of love, and it contains a hole through which you may observe the sky and through which light penetrates. Hope is diminishing in the face of problems that pervade the people of Israel, however its light is significant and empowering.

The The hope sculpture may be found in the Municipal Plaza, on 1 Weizmann St.



Mor Yedidya participated in 13 sculpture symposiums throughout Israel. The outdoor sculptures Etz Hadaat (Tree of Knowledge) in the City Square of Tirat Hacarmel, is a water recycling and the restoration of agriculture may be found in Rabin Square, Kiryat Bialik.

Exhibits Jaffa Art 2000, Castra selected chapters in evolution, Exhibit of Artists of The Jezreel Valley, an exhibit in Ginosar. Yedidya is an agronomist who works on elements from the plant world. At the symposium in Ramla he sculpted the peel of an olive which symbolizes peace in Ramla.

The sculpture Peel of an Olive is positioned in Ofer Park opposite Idanim School.


Zeev Krisher, a sculptor from Kibbutz Hatzor, studied sculpture in Israel and took an advanced study course in sculpture in Italy. He has displayed his works in 14 solo exhibits throughout Israel (in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashdod, Givat Haviva, Shaar Hanegev College, Kibbutz Beeri, Tel Hai, Beer Sheva and more). Participated in 31 sculpture symposiums throughout Israel.

Sculpted Ramla Mosaic at the Ramla Symposium, a sculpture containing symbols related to the city of Ramla and the three religions.

The sculpture Ramla Mosaicis positioned at Hakerach Junction on 14 Herzl St.


Shmukler Yoel has a master degree in Art from the Lvov Academy of Art (Ukraine). Sculpting teacher. Constructed a monument for Jewish women murdered in the Holocaust, a monument in Rehovot in memory of Jewish soldiers who fell in the Second World War, a monument in memory of the fallen of Brigade 600 Netiv Haesh (Route of Fire) at Latrun, and a monument in memory of Jewish soldiers who died during the Second World War in Kiryat Motzkin, a monument at the entrance to the Lvov Ghetto, and a model of this monument was placed in Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem.


Displayed his works in exhibits in Rehovot, Rishon LeZion, Tel Aviv, Denver in the United States, Lvov, Moscow, and Warsaw..

Attended the Stone Sculpture Symposiums in Rehovot, Beit Shemesh, and Ben Shemen Forest.

The Blossoming sculpture may be found at the Haganah Square no. 11.


Yuri Matzkin is a sculptor and artist. Studied at the Academy of Art and Sculpture in Krakow. Lecturer on sculpting and art at the University of Tel Aviv. Displayed his works in 15 exhibits throughout the globe, in Krakow, Kiev, Moscow, New York, Tel Aviv and Japan. Attended 15 sculpture symposiums in Israel and throughout the globe. Set up 13 outdoor sculptures in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Modiin, Ramat Hovav, in Jerusalem and in Russia.

At the symposium in Ramla he displayed the sculpture Reflection.


The scuplture Reflection is positioned at the Hakerach Junction at the entrance to the city of Ramla, coming from Tel Aviv.


Yolazri Mati, holds a master degree in the History of Art and Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Specialized at the Artists Village in Ein Hod, and apprenticed at Tel Aviv Museum with sculptors Nahum Inbar and Bella Kol.

Served as Director of Mila Art Center. Displayed her works at exhibits held in Tel Aviv and in Ramla. Mati: Most of my experience, and my ability to submit to the power of the material, I acquired in the company of sculptors Nahum Inbar and Bella Kol. These sculptors enriched my spiritual world and encouraged freedom of art and expression to become one with the material and feel it inside you, to integrate between the artist and the material without derogating from its natural quality, developing artistic, and emotional understanding and personal art work. At the Symposium in Ramla she sculpted Reut Veachva (Friendship and Brotherhood), which reflect the relationships based on friendship and brotherhood among Ramlas population. From what I know of Ramla, the city gives the proper outlet for its variegated population make up.

The sculpture Friendship and brotherhood is positioned in the plaza of the Municipal Library located at 1 Weizmann St.


Nir Sherf, graduate of the Hebrew University with a degree in Archaeology and Art History. From his early childhood he has worked in sculpting with his father the sculptor, Reuven Sherf. Sculpting teacher at Kibbutz Hulda. Member of Impact Association for Plastic Arts, member of AIAP, the International Association of Professional Artists, affiliated with UNESCO.

Exhibits displayed his works at group theme exhibits (Ashkelon, Ashdod, Yona Gallery Tel Aviv). Attended stone sculpture symposiums throughout Israel. Attended a stone symposium in Marmara, Turkey, 2001, and participated in a sculpting event in Las Vegas, United States, 2005. Has positioned 9 outdoor sculptures around Israel.

At the Ramla symposium he sculpted Meyashan Lehadash (from Old to New) which reflects the buildings of the new city being established with linkage to the Old City.



The sculpture From old to new is positioned at the Municipal Plaza, 1 Weizmann St.


Zila Gal, sculptress and lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. Attended the Sculpture Symposium 2006 in Rehovot. At the Symposium in Ramla she sculpted Together.

The sculpture reflects the cohesion between different people who live in one city, despite the complexity of their differences. The movement of the wings envelopment reflects the contrast between the cold static stone and the movement which represents the place the enveloping city.

The sculpture The Enveloping City is positioned at the Heichal Hatarbut City Cultural Center Plaza on 9 Weizmann St.