Tel Aviv-Yafo (Hebrew: תֵּל־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ; Arabic: تَلْ أَبِيبْ يَافَا) is the second largest city in Israel and is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is also the main part of the largest and most populous metropolitan area in Israel, Gush Dan.
Mosaic Fountain – ‘4000 Years of History’ – Bialik Square
The Twelve Mosaics are situated around the fountain in front of the Old City Hall, Bialik Street 27. The mosaics tell us the history of Tel Aviv-Jaffa throughout the ages. They are the work of Nahum Gutman Holiday in Israel
Who was Nahum Gutman?
Nahum Gutman (1898–1980) was an Israeli painter, sculptor and author born in what is now Teleneşti, Moldova, then part of the Russian Empire. In 1903, he and his parents moved to Odessa; in 1905, they emigrated to Israel.
Gutman helped pioneer a distinctively Israeli style, different from the European models of his teachers. He was quite eclectic as an artist, working in oils, watercolours, gouache, sculpture, mosaics, and engravings. His work varied between literal and abstract, and he also wrote and illustrated a number of highly successful children’s books and short stories.
This depicts Jonah being cast into the sea off the coast of the ancient port of Jaffa
This depicts the early settlement days (turn of the 20th Century).
This depicts the ancient port of Jaffa, where the cedars of Lebanon were sent on their way to be used in Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.
This depicts modern Tel Aviv.
Nahum Gutman – Mosaic Bio
1961 Executed a mosaic wall in the Chief Rabbinate Building, Tel Aviv
1965 During the 1960s Gutman went to Italy where he specialized in mosaic
1966 Executed a mosaic wall at the Shalom Tower, Tel Aviv
1967 Executed a mosaic wall at the Gymnasia Herzeliya Building, Tel Aviv
In the late 1960s and during the 1970s Gutman sculpted ceramic statuettes
1976 Executed a mosaic at the Bialik Plaza depicting the history of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
1980 Passed away in Tel Aviv