Friday, September 6, 2013

Hands of Peace

Hands of Peace, 1963
Henri Azaz
Chicago Loop Synagogue
16 South Clark Street

Israeli artist Henri Azaz's (1923-2008) abstract bronze work adorns the front of the Chicago Loop Synagogue. Stylized hands in prayer are featured in front of a blessing from the Bible’s Book of Numbers in both Hebrew and English: “The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make His face to shine upon thee and give thee peace.” 
During his lifetime, Azaz worked in media including wood, ceramics, bronze and stone. This piece was donated for the facade of the synagogue by the Henry Crown family, one of America's wealthiest families. Their philanthropies have helped finance many projects in Chicago-area hospitals, museums and recreational centers, as well as Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

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