Sheep in the Negev | Itzhak Danziger
This work of art is one of several pieces by Yitzhak Danziger exhibited in the Museum. Sheep were one of the artist's dominant themes for 20 years. For him, they reflect the mystical identity between animal and earth and the desert culture. Accordingly, there is never just a single sheep, but always bunches. The sheep look like Bedouin tents, which form an integral part of the Negev landscape and their legs are like tent pegs. The artist employed a new perspective whereby he saw a connection between the sheep and the topography and landscape. They fit in just like domesticated animals who stay close to their owners and like herds who wander freely on the outskirts of the town, in their search for a natural pasture on the mountain or on the boundaries of the desert. This sculpture belongs to a series of sheep that Danziger sculpted under the inspiration of his "Horns of Hattin" sculpture which refers to the sacrifice of Isaac and symbolizes transience and the nomadic tribal culture.
Phototgraphy: Shuki Kook