Chicago Skyline Meets Jerusalem

Kotel/Hamsa Ketubah, by Judith Joseph

It was fun to paint a ketubah* containing stylized versions of Chicago buildings, including (from left) the White Castle Building, 150 N. Wacker Drive, River City Condominiums, 333 W. Wacker Drive, the Willis (we call it Sears) Tower, the Aon Center (formerly known as “Big Stan” the Standard Oil Building), 150 N. Michigan (formerly known as the “Stone Container Building”), the John Hancock Building and Lake Shore Place (with a couple of random buildings in the mix.)

Can you tell I’ve been up in the Sears (Willis) Sky Deck recently?

The Chicago skyline rests upon the shoulders of a hamsa (hand of Fatima) which is made of the stone of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  Views of the Jerusalem rooftops also appear in the top corners, in daylight and starlight.

*Ketubah:  Jewish marriage contract, a folk-art form.  See more of my ketubahs here.


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