an Aerial Sculpture
Bridge of Breath connects the major features in the three-story
atrium of the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco, California.
The word wall, containing key words defining the Jewish values and
the donor wall are bridged by the aerial sculpture of suspended polished
stainless steel arches with dichroic glass insets.
These overlapping arches are a visualization of the connection of
the current and future Community to the long-standing values that inspire
its work, play, learning, and action. The work invites your eye to look up
and explore the volume of the architecture, through the skylights into the
sky while not blocking views from all floors into and across the atrium
work appears as the language of “breath”, Ruach.
The two arches, one originating at the Donor Wall, the other at the Word
Wall are grids of polished stainless steel, glinting in the sun, with
dichroic glass panels installed within the grid work for a dynamic ever
changing sparkle of color. The work glints in the existing sunlight,
changing character as the sun moves across the sky and the viewer moves
through the space.
The translucent canopy of Bridge
of Breath implies motion, movement of wind, past, present, light,