Israel Primo’s mandolin and violin sculpture at the Musical Instruments Exhibition in Jerusalem // Exhibition at the Mamilla Complex

The sculpture “Mandolin and Violin” by the artist Israel Primo was placed this week at the main entrance on Sderot Alrov in the Mamilla complex in Jerusalem.

The mandolin and violin is one of a series of musical instrument sculptures placed throughout the country, including the cello statue in a central square in Petach Tikva, the mandolin statue in Yavneh, musical instrument sculptures in Nes Ziona and Rosh Ha’Ain, a musicians statue in the square in Kiryat Bialik and more.
The sculpture “Mandolin and Violin” is made of iron with the work of blacksmiths and formal carvings and rises to a height of 200 cm. A mandolin and a violin embrace and watch each other and merge together at their necks.

The sculpture will be presented to the general public in Millama, as part of the Muse exhibition dealing with musical instruments.
Muse: January 17, 2012 to October 30, 2012. Curator: Tzipi Vital.

Israel Primo, 1963, born in Moshav Kfar Aharon near Nes Ziona. The artist, designer and creator owns a dedicated gallery in Moshav Galia and has been engaged in wide-ranging artistic design since 1986.
Primo began his artistic career in the field of goldsmithing, creating accurate models of insects from various metals. His extensive experience and his artistic and technical skills made the design-artistic work his main occupation.
Israel Primo’s gallery and workshop is the creator’s home where the design was practiced and the idea was created. The artist’s creative process is done with precise manual work and personal touch with the material and is combined with special techniques and mechanization, while remaining faithful to his traditional way of working.
Primo is engaged in designing environmental jewelry, in original sculptural thinking with a unique and different presence, with the goldsmith’s touch evident in all his works.

Primo’s strength and uniqueness is the use of artistic techniques drawn from the world of goldsmiths and traditional ironsmiths, which is expressed in original and unique works. Primo’s artistic conception is not drawn from academia. It is clean, detached from patterns and not subject to accepted frameworks and norms. His works express original thinking with a presence of a bold and dramatic design nature. Some of the works radiate transparency, softness and airiness.

Many sculptural works by Primo are placed in different places throughout the country. Nes Ziona, Rehovot, Rosh Ha’Ein, Holon, Hadera, Bat Yam, Beer Sheva, Petah Tikva, Ashdod, Tiberias, Yavne, Kiryat Bialik, the Dead Sea and more…