At Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday, a massive painting named “Am Yisrael Chai,” which is 50 meters long and five meters high and commemorates 4,000 years of Jewish history, was unveiled.
The mural chronicles the history of the Jewish people from Adam’s creation to Israel’s foundation, its exile, the emergence of Zionism, and the founding of the current state.
It goes on to tell the tale of the State of Israel’s 75-year history, including its growth, conflicts, inventions, landscapes, leaders, scientists, and intellectuals.
The picture was created in a graphic art style that was influenced by Mexican and South American art.
The artwork was made by Mexican international artist Julio Carrasco Bretón.
The Israel-Latin America Network (ILAN), which seeks to improve ties between Latin America and Israel, especially in the field of innovation, is responsible for the mural project. On the occasion of the country’s 75th birthday, Israeli President Isaac Herzog gave his approval to the project, which got underway around a year ago.
ILAN President and Founder Isaac Asa, World Zionist Organization Chairman Yaakov Hagoel, Transportation Minister Miri Regev, Bretón, and a delegation of about 50 ILAN representatives, including leaders of Jewish communities from Central and South America, members of Congress, and other dignitaries, were present at the unveiling.
“We were privileged, together with the members of the ILAN organization and the leaders of the ILAN communities in Latin America, to complete the most comprehensive and detailed artistic mural painting project in the history of the Jewish people and in the entire world,” Asa said.
“In fact, this is the only place in the world where the heritage and history of a people are concentrated in one place and in an accessible and artistic way that everyone can understand, be moved by, and empathize with,” he added.
The artwork, which is now painted over the Israel entry wall in Terminal 3 of the airport, is just getting started.
It will be on view throughout Jewish communities in Europe, South America, and the United States, as well as other historical and state-important venues throughout Israel.
The work was introduced a few months ago in Mexico at a ceremony that was attended by ministers and other dignitaries, including the country’s former foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard.