The background photo for this red and green Taoist magen shows the Garden of the Missing in Action at Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, taken by פארוק (Farouk), 2014.
The red and green magen was first inspired by the colours of the flower worn in Israel on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and the Victims of Terrorism). This red everlasting is a flowering plant of the genus Helichrysum in the daisy family, this photo taken by Ester Inbar, 2006.
The small red and green circles at the centre of the Taoist symbol were “picked up” from this photo and the colours then matched for the red and green circles of the hexagram shape.
As with the blue and yellow yin magen, this magen was also inspired by the same erotic lithograph by Pablo Picasso, but this time more masculine elements were extracted to suggest red and green testicles and rough black pubic hair.
Also influencing the design were the colours, shapes, and qualities of the cactus that is referred to in Hebrew as tzabar from whence is derived the name, Sabra, for Israeli-born Jews. Like the cactus, they are thought to be thorny on the outside and sweet on the inside.
The background photo also includes matching colours: the red flames at the central point of the monument and the green bushes and trees at the back.
There are many intertwining themes and emotions in this postcard.