Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Turning, inspiring, challenging

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):

turning the world upside down, jerusalem, 2010
anish kapoor, born India 1954, active london
stainless steel 
commissioned in memory of teddy kollek
founder and father of the israel museum
mayor of jerusalem for 28 years
as a tribute for his vision for the museum
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:
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.


Hels said...

I can see that Kapoor's tall polished steel hourglass inverts everything, bringing heaven down to earth. But I wonder what the connection to the wonderful Teddy Kolleck is. Presumably Kolleck changed the world, for the better, through his own amazing efforts.

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting thing about the lack of capitalization

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

As always, you have done your part in trying to make the world a better place. Inspirational post about inspirational people, events, and ideas!

Gattina said...

Very special sculpture !
ABC Wednesday

Mark said...

Tikkin olam is one of my favourite ethical practices in Judaism.
That's a wonderful sculpture.

Karl Demetz said...

Interesting Artwork, Dina, I would like to see it closer.

JM said...

I'm a big fan of Anish Kapoor. I have seen many of his works at the London's parks.

Kay said...

I'm so glad that the president's trip to Israel had good results. There's so much tension everywhere in the world.