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The Arthur Rubinstein Panorama is a memorial site to pianist Maestro Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) located on Mount Ora near the Kennedy Memorial. The panorama was designed by landscape architect Joseph Segall and includes a memorial stone and the sculpture Tribute to Arthur Rubinstein by Israel Hadany (born 1941), which consists of stone pillars laid at various angles that project from the side of the ridge like giant, jumbled piano keys. Rubinstein chose the site overlooking the Jerusalem hills as the place where he wanted his ashes buried. In an address at the prize-distribution ceremony of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 1974 he said, ” …the pride of my heart is that it [Israel] has never lost sight of culture, of music, of art, of love of life, of high spirit, of magnificent humanity. This is the pride of this country. This is one of the reasons I love it so dearly, and so much, and so deeply…” Teddy Kollek wrote in a tribute to Rubinstein, “…his love for Jerusalem…was poetic and musical in its quality. He loved every hill, every alley, and every corner of its walls.”

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