Yom Revi’i: Day 4
The heavenly bodies and constellations enable human beings to tell day from night and time of month and year. And so, when to wake, sleep, plant, reap, when to celebrate holidays, and more. The shape and layout of this piece was inspired by Maariv (evening) Prayer that speaks of the heavenly bodies as markers of time. It speaks of the cycles of light rolling away from darkness and darkness from light. The seven sides on the outside are illustrated with the Psalm for the Day from the traditional liturgy.
In the center are the sun and moon, and moving outward, months illustrated by constellations then holidays or Torah readings, weeks illustrated by the phases of the moon and embellished with the weekly Torah portion in Hebrew beadwork, day and night, and the days of the week. The Psalms are embellished with English beadwork that playfully reflects the text. On the border are the minutes and hours of the day. The original is six feet across in each direction.