Talmudic quote inspires art at Israeli hospital

CELEBRATING LIFE: David Breuer-Weil and, below, his sculpture

A NEW sculpture unveiled at the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Israel was made by a British Jewish artist.

David Breuer-Weil is the man behind 'Soul', which is created in steel.

It represents the globe as a single human form, showing that "whoever saves a single life saves the entire world", which is taken from the Talmud.

London-based David said: "I wanted to make a work of art in which man and the world become one, to fuse the globe and a human being.

"With a hospital such as Shaare Zedek, where the daily task is the saving of life, I could not help but recall the famous Talmudic dictum."

The sculpture sits at the entrance to Jerusalem-based Shaare Zedek's Next Generation building.

It was donated in memory of Marilyn Rosenfelder by her family.

Marilyn, the first director at London's Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, died in April, 2010, aged 61.

Shaare Zedek opened its Next Generation building last year. It serves as a centre of caring for children.

"I wanted something that not only expressed the human being as a world entire, but also reflected the light and magic of a human being," David explained.

"At a time where much of the news is about destruction, I wanted to celebrate Shaare Zedek which is all about saving life.

"The amazing thing about Shaare Zedek is that it treats Jews and Arabs - it is a real melting pot."

It is not the first time that David has seen his work displayed in Israel.

Three years ago, he created a work for the Jerusalem Foundation in Memory of Eran Laor, titled 'Jerusalem Centre of the World', which is permanently installed in Teddy Kollek Park.

David, who was born to an Austrian father, George, and Danish mother, Kiti, studied at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and Clare College, Cambridge.

Awarded a bursary at Sotheby's where he stayed until 1997, he became known for his solo shows of vast painted canvases, which are referred to as the Projects.

David's most recent work saw him create sculptures which have been displayed in London and around the world, including at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, in Armenia.

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