Jerusalem (Feb. 2)
– Mayor Teddy Kollek said he objects to a proposed plan to build
a huge golden gate at the entrance to Jerusalem. The gate, 180 feet high, equivalent to an 18-story building, was proposed by Glora Novak, an Israeli now living in New York. A model of the proposed gate was made available to the public this weekend at the Jerusalem Theater. Novak said he would like to officially present his plan to the local planning and zoning commission.
The plan was also criticized by Dr. Micha Levin, arts advisor to the Jerusalem municipality, and from Dr. Martin Weil and Yona Fischer of the Israel Museum. They contend that the idea for such a gate is not original since similar gates exist in St. Louis, Mo. and in other cities. The Jerusalem Foundation, headed by Kollek, rejected the plan two months ago, saying the city could not afford to spend up to $5,600 for that purpose.