The government of Germany has decided to give its “Federal Cross of Merit,” officially known as, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is the only general state decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany, to the Israeli sculptor and artist Dani Karavan for his contributions to art and society in Germany.
The prize, the highest civilian honor in Germany, will be given to Karavan on January 8, 2007 by German ambassador to Israel Harald Kindermann. Karavan has also recently been honored in Germany as he was the recipient of the Piepenbrock Prize for Sculpture in 2004 and the Goslar Kaiser Ring for Art in 1996. Karavan was also nominated as UNESCO's "Artist for Peace" for 1996.
Karavan was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 and has been a leading artist, sculptor, and academic in Israel for most of his life. His sculptures have been erected around the world in places such as Japan, France, Italy, and Germany.
Among his notable works in Germany, Karavan contributed greatly to the landscape and art of several German cities with works such as “Street of Human Rights” at the German National Museum in Nuremburg which displays excerpts from the United Nations Human Rights charter and is transcribed in a variety of different languages. Karavan also displayed a sculpture called “Basic Law 49” in Berlin, and “Remembrance Garden” in Duisburg, a park which is designed to bring back memories of the old city.
The German embassy in Israel has said that through his work and art, Karavan has managed to successfully and continuously deal with both the history and society of Germany and the German people.