Yaacov Agam is an Israeli-born sculptor and experimental artist who has lived in Paris. He studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before moving to Switzerland, where he attended the Kunstgewerbe Schule. Major influences at the time were Yaacov Agam’s teacher, Johannes Itten, and the painter and sculptor Max Bill. Yaacov Agam has had two major retrospectives of his art: at National d’Art Moderne in Paris in 1972 and the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1980. His large scale works adorn public spaces in Paris and in Tel Aviv, where his “Fire and Water Fountain” is the centerpiece at Dizengoff Square. His “Hanukkah Menorah” in New York plays an active role in the yearly lighting celebration for the holiday.