by Kosso Eloul ,
* Permanent UAHuntsville Sculpture Installation
Kosso Eloul (born Russia 1920/died 1995) was an Israeli sculptor who lived and worked in Canada. Mr. Eloul was born in Russia and grew up in Israel, where he was co-founder of an artists' movement known as New Horizon. He moved to Toronto in 1964Eloul's art training started in Tel Aviv in 1938 and continued in 1939 at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Art Institute, Eloul studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, and later at the Chicago School of Design he was a student of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. After service in WWII and the War of Independence in Palestine, he returned to his art in 1948. In 1959 he represented Israel at the 29th Venice Biennale. His gleaming rectangles of highly polished aluminum or stainless steel are balanced precariously at unusual angles, testing and probing the laws of gravity. Although usually described as minimalist, the inherent energy and restless potential for movement in his works transcends the contemplative minimalist sensibility. Eloul had an international reputation, with sculptures at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and a monument in Mexico City. His most important sculpture is unquestionably the eternal flame at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.