A collaboration between Ilana Raviv and Knox Martin, An Homage to Zechariah – A Tabernacle of Peace was created for the largest Sukkah (Tabernacle) event in the world, which marked the beginning of the celebration of Israels 40th anniversary in New York City. The Sukkah was installed on East 14th St. and measured 80 feet by 60 feet and was capable of holding 1000 people.
The project was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and Mr. Andrew Stein, President of the City Council of New York City. This mural focused on 40 years of friendship between New York and Israel and their efforts in eradicating the problem of world hunger.
The painting (whose measurements are: 2.12 m high X 8 m wide) depicts the City of Jerusalem, the Feast of Succoth, the fruits of the land, the shaking of the palm branch in the direction of the four winds of heaven and the protection from that which is above us like a dove protecting her nestling. The composition is like a puzzle that has splendidly come together creating hope and representing the idea of Global Peace, particularly peace in the region.
The canvas embellishes a Sukkat Shalom -- a Tabernacle of Peace -- in the Holy City for all people, thus fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy, quoted in the painting:
... then all the survivors from the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go there each year to worship the Lord almighty as king and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. (Zechariah, Chapter 14, Article 16). The quote is depicted to the side in the old Daats style of writing.
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