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Sculptor Kosso Eloul, Designer of Yad Vashem Memorial, Dies

November 10, 1995

TORONTO (AP) _ Kosso Eloul, an internationally acclaimed sculptor who designed the eternal flame at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, has died at age 75.

Eloul died Wednesday of heart failure, his son Rhon said.

He acquired an international reputation with such works as a prize-winning piece in Japan, a sculpture that graces the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and a monument in Mexico City.

But perhaps the most important sculpture by Eloul is the eternal flame at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem, the memorial to the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

The flame, located in a large, stark room in the Yizkor building at Yad Vashem, emerges from a stone floor through a bronze sculpture in the image of a broken bronze goblet.

Underneath the goblet is a basement containing the ashes of Nazi victims brought to Israel from concentration camps. The floor is covered with camp victims’ names.

The flame is raised when memorial ceremonies are held in the hall, and dignitaries visiting Israel usually lay a wreath there.

Eloul was born in Russia and grew up in Israel, where he co-founded an artists’ movement known as New Horizon and one of his works won a national award, the Israel prize for art.

Eloul moved to Toronto in 1964.

``He was attracted to the openness of this country,″ Rhon Eloul said, adding that Toronto ``was a quieter place, where he felt he could concentrate.″

He has some 44 pieces on public display in the Toronto area.

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