Memorial Rabin Tel Aviv, Israel 1996
In 1996 Yaël Artsi sculpted the Basalt Stone Sculpture of the Memorial of Yitzhak Rabin, the former Prime Minister of Israel, who was killed in Tel Aviv. 16 huge blocks of basalt she animated for weeks in a row with all her emotions about Rabin and his assassination and shaped them together as an earthquake. She says in one of her interviews about sculpting the Memorial:
"...... Each stone expresses my despair, anguish horror and a lack of personal safety. Using interplay of light and shadow, and an appropriate texture, I created an internal movement in each stone and breathed life into the geometrical Basalt. Some of the stones reflect my memories of the great man: his softness and strength, while others evoke my emotions at the time of the murder. That is why I gave each stone a different texture, a different character."
The earthquake symbolises the shock of the assassination for the people in Israel and all over the world. The Memorial was placed right at the spot were Mr. Rabin was killed and every Sabbath many people gather there and make music in memory of the former Prime Minister and what had happened.