In Judaism, form gives shape to content. The medium is an essential part of the message. Weekly portions of the first five books of the Bible in the form of a Torah scroll are read in synagogue. The symbolic significance of the spiral form is so strong that if a Torah scroll is not available in synagogue, the Bible is not publicly read at all. The exact same words printed in codex book form convey the wrong message. If the divine message encoded in the Torah is trapped between two rectilinear covers, it loses its life-giving flow. The Torah teaches that the Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians in a malben, a brickyard. Malben is also the Hebrew word for rectangle.
I created Four Corner of America, the official artwork celebrating the Miami’s Centennial. I make large ship-rope tzitzit, colored one strand sky-blue, and placed them at the four corners of America. The tztzit on the coast of Florida and Maine reached into the Atlantic Ocean and on Washington State and California into the Pacific Ocean. The Torah not only speaks of four corners of a garment, but also about the four corner of the Earth. The biblical word for “corner” kanfot literally means “wings.” It was appropriate that American Airlines sponsored my art project.
It would be appropriate for the cyberangels to fly to the four corners of the Earth from the 53 story Azrieli Sarona Tower, the highest building in Israel, until the 91 story Spiral Tower is completed. It will be the realization of the commentary of the eminent biblical interpreter Rashi that angels in Jacob’s dream ascend from the Land of Israel and come down throughout the world.
From The Times of Israel, Jan. 1, 2019