PLAZA ISRAEL

1999, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Israeli Embassy Memorial Plaza in Buenos Aires, Argentina recalls in stone the void left by a terrorist attack March 17th, 1992.

The memory of the site is embraced and protected by Jerusalem stone defining an urban precinct for gathering, evocation and remembrance.  The absence created by the senseless act is given spatial form and definition. Jerusalem’s stone covers all vertical and horizontal surfaces of the plaza. The wall frames a clock stopped at the time of the bombing, candle lights  illuminate the memory of the victims and their names are inscribed on the wall. The Menorah, a symbol of the Jewish people completes the memorial and together with the other elements creates a vertigo of evocative associations.

The wall of Jerusalem stone is also a way for the State of Israel and the Jewish people to share a part of itself with the people of Buenos Aires.