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Sign: Mikve Israel - Heritage Sites in Israel - Statue about Herzl’s meeting with the German emperor

Shderat ha-Dkalim, Mikve Yisrael School, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל בית הספר החקלאי - מקווה ישראל
סמל כל ישראל חברים
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט
סמל משרד ראש הממשלה

הפסל משחזר את הפגישה ההיסטורית של בנימין זאב הרצל עם הקיסר הגרמני, וילהלם השני. הפגישה התקיימה ביום רביעי י"ב בחשוון תרנ"ט (28.10.1898) בשער בית הספר החקלאי מקוה ישראל בעת ביקורו הראשון והיחיד של בנימין זאב הרצל בארץ ישראל.
בית הספר החקלאי מקוה ישראל, הוקם בשנת תר"ל (1870), והיה היישוב היהודי היחיד על אם הדרך בין יפו לירושלים.

הפסל נתרם על ידי מרגריט ויעקב חי
יזם: עו"ד צבי האוזר
האמן והפסל: מוטי מזרחי
אדריכל: מנדל & מנדל אדריכלים
שותפים לפרויקט: בית הספר החקלאי מקוה ישראל, המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל.

ייסוד המדינה התאפשר הודות להקמת מקוה ישראל. אלמלא הוקם מקוה ישראל, ספק אם הייתה קמה מדינת ישראל. הכול התחיל מאז ואנו רק באנו להשלים את המעשה מבחינה פוליטית ולאומית.
"דוד בן גוריון, סיון תש"ל, יוני 1970 (לציון 100 שנה להקמת מקוה ישראל)

[הצד השני של השלט]
[The other side of the sign]
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Symbol of the Agricultural School - Mikve Israel
Symbol of Alliance Israélite Universelle (All Israel Friends)
Symbol of the Ministry of Culture and Sports
Symbol of the Prime Minister’s Office

The statue depicts the historical meeting between Theodor Zeev Herzl and the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The meeting took place on October 28th 1898, at the entrance of Mikve Israel Agricultural School. This encounter occurred during Herzl’s first and only visit to Eretz (land) Israel.
Mikve Israel was founded in 1870 and was the only Jewish settlement along the road from Jaffa to Jerusalem.

The sculpture was donated by Margrit and Yaakov Chai
Initiator: Adv. Zvi Hauser
Artist and sculptor: Motti Mizrachi
Architect: Mandel & Mandel architects
Partners to the project Mikve Israel Agricultural School and The Society for the Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites.

"The founding of the State was made possible thanks to the establishment of Mikve Israel. Had Mikve Israel not been established, it is doubtful whether the State of Israel would have come into existence. That’s where it all began, and we merely came to complete the work politically and nationally"
David Ben Gurion, June 1970 at the 100th anniversary of the founding of Mikve Israel.
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The sign shape is rectangle but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The other side of the sign (the text in English) was photographed that day Click for a larger image

The statue was photographed that day Click for a larger image Click for a larger image Click for a larger image

About the statue: The horse and emperor riding it, consist of two parts and between them a narrow path that allows passage Click for a larger image
The viewer walking along this path, sees that on both sides of the horse are engraved sentences of the two personalities:
"If you will, this is not a legend" - Benjamin Zeev Herzl Click for a larger image
"This country has a future" - Emperor Wilhelm II Click for a larger image
The sculpture made by sculptor Motti Mizrachi was inaugurated in 2012 on Herzl’s 152nd birthday, and is based on a photo taken by David Wolfson

The statue is located next to the sign "In Herzl’s Way" - the second stop that describes Herzl’s visit to Mikve Israel Click for sign's details

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