Return to Zion

Cleveland, OH
יְצִירָה עַצְמִית יִשְׂרְאֵלִית, בְּמַחֲשָׁבָה וּבְתֹקֶף הַחַיִּים וְהַמִּפְעָל, אִי־אֶפְשָׁר לְיִשְׂרָאֵל אֶלָּא בְּאֶרֶץ־יִשְׂרָאֵל
הרב קוק

When I met Bob Stark about this project he said only one sentence to me, “Barak, here in this space, I want to sell Israel”. When I tried to go into details he repeated it again and again. This was what the building was about, a small Island of Israel in Cleveland.

This got me going on the idea of only using natural Israeli materials . Israel has only stone, glass ( according to Pliny the Elder glass was dicovered on an Judean Beach) and copper which was plentiful down South in old times. I also used quotes from Rav Kook who is the Cornerstone of the Religious Zionist movement. When we did the stained glass it was a celebration of Israel, and our history in the land. Starting from the birth of our nation in the plagues of Egypt till the fight for survival of the modern nation.

Barak Uranovsky
Glass Artist

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Bnei Reem, Israel