Schwab Holocaust Reading Room Glass Door

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Schwab Holocaust Reading Room Glass Door

The Chancellor of the Penn State Capitol Campus commissioned me to design glass doors for the newly established Schwab Family Holocaust Center housed within the library.   My charge was to develop a design that would encourage people who know nothing of the Holocaust to enter and discover.   She did not want a representative set of imagery, but rather an abstraction.   The resulting design, set in glass ‘tells a story’ from the rich and intertwined roots of trees, through their constriction and mutilation to a full canopy bursting through an abstracted ash cloud into fresh air. The leaf canopy is built up of individually designed leaves, no two the same, and the canopy forms a mirror image of the fullness of the root ball at the very bottom. Part of my work was to interact with the architect and the glass fabricator to choose a method of transferring my design in a manner that would lose none of the fine detail and would remain maintenance-free and meet safety standards of a public...

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Secondary Donor Wall, Abramson Center

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Secondary Donor Wall, Abramson Center

The connection to tradition in this series of very clean and contemporary wall plaques is the use of imagery and a visual style that hearkens back to heritage.   The seven species, of course, is a recognizable image from Torah, and the use of a style reminiscent of Eastern European papercutting carries the tradition, unbroken into the present. How amazing it is that we live in a time when laser cutters can produce long-lasting and low maintenance public art that connects us directly to generations of Jewish artists who came before us?

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Secondary Donor Wall, The Jewish Home, Harrisburg

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Secondary Donor Wall, The Jewish Home, Harrisburg

The purpose of this donor wall is just what it says at the top – to honor heritage and build the future.   When the facility was totally renovated, this wall became necessary as a way of carrying the names of former donors into the future while encouraging new gifts. The oval panel at the top is a watercolor painting of the seven species, echoing the theme of the main donor wall and creating visual interest on a wall that is otherwise without vibrant color.   Commissioned work like this requires an ability to collaborate with architects and designers to produce a ‘look’ that fits the space and serves a purpose....

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Primary Donor Wall – The Jewish Home, Harrisburg

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Primary Donor Wall – The Jewish Home, Harrisburg

A five foot high oval watercolor painting anchors the donor recognition system at the Jewish Home in Harrisburg, PA.  It’s mounted in a wooden oval frame and my Hebrew and English lettered text and an acrylic crown are mounted on the surface to create more visual interest and depth.   Great care went into choosing the subject matter and wording, and the painting is hung to face people as they enter the Home.   It’s mounted low enough on the wall to grab the attention of residents in wheelchairs who often stop with their families and examine the Biblical fruits and grains painted in lifelike color. The painting was finished and had to be delivered to Welch Signage in Maine for final assembly. It was scheduled to be shipped for arrival on September 17, 2001.   Do you remember the tenor of the nation in the wake of 9/11?   The painting was attached to a 4 X 6 foot frame I had built to keep it from warping while painting, and it needed to be shipped in a custom crate.  There were no planes flying and UPS was not permitted to transport any packages over a certain size that they did not wrap and verify.   I was able to find one local shipper who promised to build a crate, vouch for the contents, and truck the painting north to arrive on...

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Abramson Center – Peacock Detail

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Abramson Center – Peacock Detail

Utilizing the style of traditional Jewish papercut art, and imagery from Yiddish literature, the Torah, and the Israeli landscape, this detail gives you a glimpse into the intricacy and charm of the much larger major donor wall at the Abramson Center in Horsham, PA.   The design was crafted so that every single bit is connected to other parts of the artwork, thus preventing things from falling away.   The decision to use a Formica panel that echoes the patina process of copper gives the entire design more movement since there are subtle color changes in even the tiniest detail. The entire donor wall installation measures about 12 X 40 feet.  I designed the work full scale and painted each segment in black ink prior to shipping the paintings to Maine for fabrication. Click here to see how this image fits into the entire donor...

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Abramson Center Detail

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Abramson Center Detail

This central panel of a 4o foot long wall features an intricate papercut-style design fabricated in Formica.  The panel shown here was mounted with clear acrylic behind the cut design to add depth and a play of shadow.

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