My Ideal Synagogue – Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam, a maser of kinetic art and the son of a rabbi, has pioneered a form of visual art influenced by the Jewish conception that reality is not static and cannot be represented in a graven image. His images are in a state of “constant becoming” — they cannot be seen in their totality and any one time or from any one position.

Agam’s works are exhibited in the world’s leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; and Pompidou Center, Paris. His one-man exhibits have been featured at the Guggenheim Museum in New York’ the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris; and the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel. His monumental creations grace numerous public places and institutions worldwide. Agam has also designed a variety of original Torah arks and stained glass windows for synagogue sanctuaries, as well as religious items such as mezuzot and tallitot.

Agam wished to make his vision a reality and design an entire synagogue — exterior and interior — based on the ideas expressed here.