“Je Suis Charlie Eiffel Tower 1st Night of Hanukkah 2015”, is meant for both Christians and Jews, and anyone else who wishes to participate in a much needed festival of light to dispel the darkness that encroaches.
Definitely Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday and originated before the time of Jesus. Yet this holiday also easily belongs to all Christians who seek to actually follow Jesus as he celebrated in, known also as the Feast of Dedication in the Christian Testament in John 10:22-23.
The Hanukkah story itself is not found in the Hebrew Testament, but in the Apocrypha. Essentially, it commemorates a great miracle hat occurred when after defeating Judah’s enemies, the Macabees found themselves with only enough oil to keep the holy menorah lit for one more day. The light of the holy menorah was to be kept eternally lit, and through prayer for Divine intervention menorah remained miraculously lit for eight days until additional oil arrived. Thus the expression, “A great miracle happened here!”.
Shortly after the Friday evening of the November 13, 2015 ISIS (Daish) terrorist attacks on Paris, I got the idea of artistically placing a memorial candle at the top of the Eiffel Tower. There actually is a light at the highest point at the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it is not a candle and does not resemble a flame.
Granted that somehow creating public art by creating a “candle” with or without a real flame at the top of the Eiffel Tower might also be stunning, the physical and financial activity of accomplishing this is beyond any quick accomplishment, even if undertaken by a great public works artist such as Christo. However, as a painter, I “build” with paints, inks, paper and canvas., so I can show you a candle at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The strokes in my works are all actually symbols. The symbols used are the original Hebrew letters from Bible texts. Thus, although an image seems to appear, such as a candle or the Eiffel Tower, in reality al that is really “written” or paned are the words) comprised of letters) from Bible texts. The texts used in this image are Psalm 27 (for the Candle of Hope), and Psalms 1 & 23 for the Eiffel Tower.
Both the Candle of Hope and Eiffel Tower image also exist as separate handmade works. They were digitally combined to create what is called a tradigital work (both handmade and digital), entitled “Je Suis Charlie! – First Night of Hanukkah 2015”.
France has the fourth largest Jewish population in the world. Jews are recorded as living peacefully in France since before 1 A.D.
Wishing you and your loved ones , wherever you are, a season blessed with light, joy, fulfillment and safety.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com.