Mechitzah (Room divider)

Submitted by Ilanit Shalev

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Client: Chabad Hebrew Academy, San Diego, CA

Location: San Diego, CA, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $55,000

Project Team

Architect

Sharon Weissman

Art Consultant

Betsy Lane

Overview

20' long by 6' high, portable room divider, fused glass and wood base.

Goals

This commissioned work is in my community synagogue. The goal was to create an airy, artsy, not offending room divider between man and woman, in a synagogue. Two of the requirements were that it should be portable and divided to sections that creates one big art piece, as well as to include kids work.

Process

I worked with kids grade 6th-8th that took my fuse glass elective class. I designed the big picture of the room divider and the kids designed the circles that represents events in the Jewish tradition. Together it creates little window to the Jewish culture.