Hillel Smith

Alef mural at SIJCC

As part of my Illuminated Streets collaboration with Itamar Paloge, we created this mural at the Silverlake Indepedent JCC. The mural features a 14+ foot tall Hebrew letter alef, which, as the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, represents the language as a whole. In addition to looking cool, it also has kabbalistic significance in being the letter through with the universe was created. The calligraphy on top is inspired by Hebrew letterforms but is not actually made up of real letters and does not say anything.

This piece and the larger Illuminated Streets project was covered in LA's Jewish Journal newspaper.

See more photos of the making of the mural here and here.

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