Publish Date: 7/27/2017
The "Mosaic of Peace" was inaugurated at a multi-participant event held at Avraham's Well International Visitor Center in the Old City of Be'er-Sheva. This huge mosaic (105 square meters) is located on the outer wall of the visitors' center. The mayor, Mr. Ruvik Danilovich, initiated the idea of promoting an artistic project that represents the spirit of Be'er-Sheva, which combines different cultures, patience and mutual friendship. The event was attended by leaders of the municipality, members of the project, and three artists who live in the Old City performed, as part of the residential project.
The artwork was led by international artist, David Wakstein. "The mosaic wall is the product of a unique process involving Jewish, Christian and Muslim students, teachers and community members from Be'er-Sheva and the surrounding area," he related.
The mosaic was placed on the exterior wall of the Abraham's Well International Visitor Center near the biblical well, which is mentioned as the place where the first peace treaty recorded in human history was made - the covenant of peace between Abraham and Abimelech king of Gerar, and is a symbol of the bridge between cultures.
The project began in 2015 as an educational and community activity in educational institutions and community centers in Israel, led by Wakstein, with portraits taken of hundreds of people, boys and girls, Jews, Muslims and Christians, who formed the basis for the mosaic work. The participants' names and works were integrated in the work from other places around the country and the world. The process also included study tours by schools that took part in the project at the Abraham's Well International Visitor Center, the Negev Museum of Art and the Museum of Islamic Culture and Near Eastern Cultures in the Old City of Be'er-Sheva.
The end result is an impressive and unique portrait that conveys a message of peace, reconciliation and love of man, at the well that bridges cultures.