1997 – <em>Bereshit</em>, Belu Simion Fainaru

An impressive Jerusalem marble installation in the shape of a large rectangular box with an arched top, Bereshit has the first six letters of the Hebrew alphabet incised backward on its sides. A light within projects them outward onto the surrounding floor. Artist Belu Simion Fainaru (b.1958), known internationally for a wide variety of work, is referencing a kabbalistic prism through which an unseen, hidden light generates the letters, each representing one of the six days of the week of creation. Only when projected out are the letters seen correctly. (Image courtesy of the artist)