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04th Dec 2015

Eiffel Tower Created from Psalms 1 and 23

The image below of the Eiffel Tower is created with strokes of the original Hebrew letters of Psalms 1 and 23. It is an artistic response of hope, determination and even triumph in relation to the terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015 by radical Islamists.

The letter-strokes often overlap each other, so the words and texts are not readable. However, although it appears that you are looking at a depiction of the Eiffel Tower, what is actually drawn or written are the Torah font letters of the two psalms. It is a form of Post Conceptual Art, as the concept of the meaning of the work comes from the meaning of the text of the strokes.

These two psalms are known as prayers/songs of both comfort and hope. Jews and Christians often use them at funerals and memorials, including the Jewish service of Yizkor.

I created this image to appear as one would actually see the Eiffel Tower on a sunny day.  Our eyes would not take in every detail, like an architect’s rendering, especially since the tower is somewhat reflective and light bounces off and dances upon it on a sunny day.  Also, this portrait is one of hope and even victory of spirit as the tower reaches to the heavens — at least that is what I worked to visually show.

This basic Essence Portrait (meaning it has black strokes so that I can (and will certainly) use it also in other works and paintings) is my artistic response to the horrific radical Islam terrorist attacks in Paris on the evening of November 13, 2015.

Below the work are English translations of psalms 1 and 23.

Eiffel Tower created with strokes from Bible's Psalm 1 and Psalm 23 by Judy Rey Wasserman
Psalm 1 and Psalm 23 (Eiffel Tower) by Judy Rey Wasserman

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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