For ABC Wednesday, K is for Kollek and Kapoor.
(There is more about Kapoor's sculpture in two previous posts.)
To quote the Israel Museum plaque (and no, their signage never uses capitals):
Here in Israel last week, and again yesterday at his White House seder Pesach, President Obama spoke often about the Jewish imperative of tikkun olam:turning the world upside down, jerusalem, 2010anish kapoor, born India 1954, active londonstainless steelcommissioned in memory of teddy kollekfounder and father of the israel museummayor of jerusalem for 28 yearsas a tribute for his vision for the museum
every person must do their part in fixing the world.
And I say that looking at our world in the usual way seldom gives us a clue as to how to make that repair.
In order to see things not as they are but as they should be, we need to be turning the world upside down.
Looking at challenges from a completely different angle, is this not called "having vision"?
Kapoor's tall polished steel hourglass inverts everything, brings heaven down to earth, elevates the earthly Jerusalem.
If you would like to see what brought our Israeli students to cheers, applause, and standing ovations, President Obama's now-famous speech is here.