The sculptural fountain Triyud in Congregation Shaare Emeth's courtyard mirrors several of the central concepts of Judaism through aesthetic expression.
The ancient Hebraic definition of "to be human" was "to be in relationship to God, to our fellow human beings, and to nature.” To be fully spiritual human beings we must be in covenant with God and God’s creations. This uniquely Jewish concept is seen throughout our history. For example, one of the great Jewish philosophers, Martin Buber, wrote about the subject in his book I and Thou.
The culmination of our spiritual humanity is realized in our immediate relationship to God, to man and to nature. Triyud encompasses the three ways that we know God, and through knowing God we come to know ourselves.
A triad of stainless steel triangular forms rises from a low horizontal disk of reflective, polished, black granite. This symbolizes the perfect circle of God. The combining of both brushed and highly polished surfaces, each representing the Hebrew letter “Yud” of God, approach one another as they ascent gracefully heavenward.
Though softly polished on the sides, the backs are highly polished and reflective, drawing the viewer and nature itself into the sculpture.
During holidays as evening descends, the spiritual quality of the forms is enriched by soft up-light from a source deep within the center of the base. The light passes through swirling mist to enliven the Yuds with mysterious, constantly changing subtle patterns.
Artist: Saunders Schultz
Donated by Lee Bohm & Family In Memory of Milford Bohm
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