The permanent exhibit called â€œThe Generations Centerâ€ open to the public near the Western Wall, documents the history of the Jewish people from Biblical times until the present. The Center was established under the auspices of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation with the help of generous benefactors who sponsored the project.Â The project, which received the prestigious THEA award from the Disney Company in 2008, extends down into the catacombs at the edge of the Kotel (or Western Wall) in Jerusalem. This impressive site, which incorporates ancient and modern Jewish history, includes an elaborate audiovisual show, and nine magnificent glass sculptures created using the unique artistic talents of Jeremy Langford.Â
Â Jeremy Langford is an internationally recognized glass artist and sculptor and is recognized as the leading glass artist in Israel today.Â His specialty is working in glass sculpture on a monumental scale. His philosophy is to strive for perfection in design and quality and to â€˜stretch the limitsâ€™ in terms of technique and design.Â Jeremy has a very deep relationship with glass. Having studied the Kabbalah for over 25 years he feels an intrinsic correlation between his mystical discipline and the medium of his choice.
â€œI find it a very spiritual medium,â€ he states. â€œThe production of glass requires a process of heat and pressure until sand is transformed into one of the most beautiful and versatile materials known to man. I am an innate optimistic who believes in the potential good of humanity. For me this is what this exhibition is all about; anything is possible in life with dedication and determination. Beyond the basic history of the Jewish People, it is a metaphor for transformation and hope. Never give up, always look to the future, and hold a vision. If this is done, success will invariably follow.â€Â
Visitors will enjoy a moving experience that relates the fascinating story of the Jewish people throughout the generations. This story takes us through 3,500 years- from exile to statehood, from destruction to rebuilding, and from crisis to hope.
Topics: Culture and Heritage