In the small Israeli town of Yated, just a few kilometers from Gaza, metal sculptor, blacksmith, and part-time computer teacher Yaron Bob literally turns rockets into roses. Bob fashions these roses out of pieces of Kassam rockets that have been fired from Gaza at the residents of Israel.
Each rose can take up to four hours to sculpt and is made from actual rocket remains collected from nearby police stations in Sderot and Ofakim. The rose is then welded onto a metal base shaped like a map of Israel. A plaque mounted on the base records the month and year that particular rocket landed.
Bob’s roses have been presented to and acquired by emissaries from around the world, including Sen. John Kerry, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, and Mia Farrow.
The standard rose sells for $225, and the long-stemmed version, for $275. Fifty dollars of each sale will be set aside to help Operation Lifeshield build bomb shelters in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. For more information on Rockets into Roses and to purchase, visit www.rocketsintoroses.com.