Sam Philipe

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Sam Philipe is an Israeli sculptor.[1] He is known for his sculptures of biblical and New Testament figures.[2]

Biography[edit]

Shlomo (Sam) Philipe was born in Jerusalem to a long-standing Jerusalem family. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic,[3] he earned a living sculpting animals in chocolate.[4]

Artistic career[edit]

Philipe opened his first studio in the city in 1989. In addition to sculpture, he began to design jewelry and Jewish ceremonial art.[5] His sculptures have been presented to government leaders around the world as gifts from the Israeli government.[6] Philipe's statue "Jesus' blessing" was presented to Pope John Paul II on behalf of the Ministry of Religious Affairs. King Hussein of Jordan received a sculpture embodying Isaiah's prophecy of the lion and the lamb; George H.W. Bush, an elephant with the Star of David; and Princess Diana, a guardian angel. Yitzhak Rabin was presented with a sculpture depicting a paratrooper praying at the Western Wall.[7]

Outdoor sculptures by Philipe have been installed at various locations in Jerusalem, among them Ammunition Hill[8] and Yad Labanim Soldiers House near Sacher Park.[9] Many of his smaller sculptures, crafted from sterling silver and 24 karat gold, are mounted on polished stone bases using stones from the desert.[10] Philipe often uses blocks of Jerusalem stone or black basalt from the Galilee as pedestals for his work.[11]

In February 2011, his bronze sculpture "Binding of Isaac" was displayed at Mamilla Mall as part of its "Stories of the Bible" exhibit.[12]

"Mother and child," a sculpture by Philipe, is displayed at the Revi Karuna Memorial Museum in Alleppey, India.[13] His seven-foot bronze statue of the Prodigal son was installed in the museum courtyard in March 2012.[14]

"Reut" (Camaraderie in Arms) is a 10-foot bronze on Mount Scopus, overlooking the Judean Desert, depicting a combat medic embracing a wounded soldier. His inspiration for the work was an Israeli army doctor, Uri Freund, who was awarded the IDF medal of distinguished service for going out under heavy crossfire to rescue his wounded commander.[15]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pave the Way Foundation Provides Help to Muslim, Christian and Jewish Mothers in Jerusalem
  2. ^ Straight from Jerusalem
  3. ^ "One-man tribute to the Israeli soldiers," Dov Yareh, In and About Jerusalem, Cohi productions, Jerusalem, 2011
  4. ^ "From chocolate animal carvings to gold and silver biblical sculpture," Witchita Chronicle, September 1999
  5. ^ ETD Exclusive Travel Design: Sam Philipe
  6. ^ "From chocolate animal carvings to gold and silver biblical sculpture," Witchita Chronicle, September 1999
  7. ^ "Fund honored to host world-renowned Israeli Artist, United Methodist Church Connection, November 7, 2000
  8. ^ Ammunition Hill site
  9. ^ The Lion of Judah has joined the IDF
  10. ^ Sculpture based on Scriptures
  11. ^ "Sam Philipe: Reaching God through art," In and About Jerusalem, Cohi productions, Jerusalem, 2011
  12. ^ Stories of the Bible in the heart of Jerusalem, [Hebrew], catalog by Tzipi Vital, curator
  13. ^ Memorial of Love, RKK Memorial Museum, Alexis Leon, 2010
  14. ^ Prodigal Son gift for Alappuzha museum
  15. ^ "One-man tribute to the Israeli soldiers," Dov Yareh, In and About Jerusalem, Cohi productions, Jerusalem, 2011