Renowned Chassidic artist Rabbi Yitzchok Moully will be holding a ‘Living Lights’ interactive pop-up art installation, celebrating our individual brightness, today at the JCM, from 2:30 till 9:00 pm.
Over the last number of years, in celebration of Chanukah, Chabad rabbi and artist Yitzchok Moully has shared the message of #LightOverDarkness in ever more creative and elaborate ways, including mobile and interactive murals designed to transform viewer into co-creator.
A co-visionary of last year’s Jewish Street Art Festival, Chanukah Edition, which featured eight murals by eight artists in eight cities over the eight days of Chanukah, Moully’s mural, entitled #ShareYourLight, showcased a larger-than-life-size mural of nine people holding up nine distinct torches to comprise the image of a human menorah, evoking the powerful truth that we human beings are the lights, shining our unique individual G-d-given gifts to our families, communities and beyond.
This year, Moully Art has transformed that powerful imagery into a real-life pop-up interactive installation, inviting you to literally step up and shine light to the world.
Standing 10 feet tall, 18 feet wide, the Living Lights menorah awaits “quietly in the dark” to unleash its light when ignited by the warmth of human touch. Participants are invited to step up onto the stage and touch-activate one of its eight luminous torches. A special light show is triggered when all eight are turned on in unison, signifying the truth that the whole of our collective light is greater than the sum of our individual parts.
Open to the public today at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights and free of charge, Living Lights gives you a powerfully symbolic opportunity to step up and share your light, together with your friends, your family and the person standing next to you whose light you have yet to know!
In accordance with COVID-19 safety measures, hand sanitizer will be provided and required before interaction with the menorah.
The Frierdiker Rebbe once wrote: The world says that where a light is thrown you can see hidden blemishes… Chasidic teaching says that when a light is shone you can see another’s hidden beauty.
This Chanukah season, bring your – our – light back into focus, and cancel negativity and cynicism through a celebration of hUmaNITY. For the most effective way to dispel darkness is to increase light. And just a little bit of light dispels a whole lot of darkness!
For more information and the full list of locations and schedule, visit: moullyart.com/livinglights