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Ruth Horam

Ruth Horam was born in Tel Aviv in 1931 as the daughter of a long-established Jewish family. She grew up in Talbyie, Jerusalem, and studied painting at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. She lived with her husband, who was an Israeli diplomat, in Switzerland, Finland and Korea, where she learned various techniques in calligraphy, ceramics and printmaking. She has been working at the Jerusalem Artists ’House since 1993, where she developed a special technique for monotypes in which she uses various materials such as leaves, twigs or fabrics for multi-layer printing.

In 2013 she received the Prize of the City of Jerusalem for her Life's Achievement and has been working with Nihad Dabeet on the development of sculptures made of reinforcing iron and copper wires since 2014. Together with Dabeet she regularly creates sculptures for the Midburn Festival in the Negev desert. Ruth Horam has been suffering from a degenerative eye disease for many years and is strongly committed to promoting artists with visual impairments. She lives and works in Jerusalem.

Nihad Dabeet

Nihad Dabeet was born in 1968 to a Christian-Arab family in Ramle / Israel. He was the first Arab to attend the renowned Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts in Givatayim / Israel and received a scholarship to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia / Bulgaria. After graduating, he lived in Greece for a few years. After his return, the declared atheist converted to Islam in Israel in order to marry a Muslim woman.

He began making sculptures out of iron wire and, in collaboration with the artist Ruth Horam, developed the sculpture Dream of an Olive Tree: to this day, the artist duo has created hundreds of trees of various sizes - some of which can be admired as large outdoor sculptures in public spaces in Israel . Nihad Dabeet lives with his family in a historic house from the Templar era in Ramle, where he also has his studio and regularly teaches workshops on artistic metalworking.


“For me, the olive tree is a symbol of paradise. A place of longing that everyone can agree on, regardless of what they believe. A place of peace and conflict-free togetherness. The beginning of a philanthropic future of the Petersberg. "

Karl-Heinz Kindervater, Erfurt Tourist Office

“When I work on the olive tree, I feel like a child. I play with the branches, climb around in the branches, look for birds and nests. It makes me happy."

Nihad Dabeet, artist

»What a great opportunity Erfurt gives us to make the world a little better with our tree. May the olive tree bring us all peace, happiness and love. "

Ruth Horam, artist

“My mother has a degenerative eye disease. But at almost 90 years of age, she is still full of liveliness. Creativity gives my mother wings. And the collaboration of this unequal couple, Nihad and Ruth, made a dream come true for both of them. "

Rachel Horam, daughter of the artist Ruth Horam

“I met this tree for the first time while walking in Jerusalem. It impressed me with its clarity and symbolism and the idea arose to bring a similar tree to Germany. It is a great success that it will now put down its roots on the Petersberg in Erfurt! "

Alexandra Nocke, curator