The Totem images surprise visitors gently walking among the green pathways of Kibbutz Eilon. All of a sudden you notice eyes looking at you. A look to the left, and there they are. Among the tall treetops of tropical trees. Gazing at you with a hypnotizing stare. Gawking, seeking a secret you have yet to tell. These are the very unique all-mosaic statues made by Meir Davidson, one of Kibbutz Eilon’s founders.
Visitors can now stop and slowly go past each one of the 300 works contributed to the world by this tireless man who was a pioneer and a soldier, a public figure and an enterprising person.
The Sculpture Garden alongside the Home Gallery in which Meirke and his wife Ruth lived, are maintained and fostered with love by Davidson’s son and his spouse. They can also tell you how this exceptional hobby of a Kibbutznik, who divided his time between the Kibbutz and his various security tasks, began. The man was a rebel at heart, and even though his whole life was dedicated to the Kibbutz commune, his sculptures, in which he always incorporated scraps, cylinders and pipes, expressed his defiance and protest in his own unique way.
A visit to the Davidson Garden is worthwhile. Here visitors can experience an encounter with hundreds of mosaic sculptures and masks, Totem poles and human as well as animal figures. Kibbutz children used to come here for fun, and Meirke knew this and created his sculptures from materials strong enough to enable climbing, standing and riding. The sculptures are scattered among oak, arbutus, nut and pine trees and among these, at the very end of the “veterans’ housing complex”, dwells the unique house in which the sculpture and his wife lived.
Entering the house (and Gallery) is like entering a time tunnel taking the visitor back to Israel of the 1950’s. A humble life, a modesty conveyed by the furniture, the room size, bath accessories aa well as the kitchen and study, all these are expressed here for the visitor “tippy-toeing” around inhaling the scents of days long gone.
The Gallery is the artistic gem, the pinnacle of Meirke’s work. It includes 200 additional sculptures: masks, paintings, figurines and other treasures.
Visitors are invited to join a tour of the gallery and the garden accompanied by local tales, a film and an exceptional experience.