Ruach - The Bridge of Breath, 2004
Ruach connects the major features in the three-story, sky lit atrium. The Sheva Midot (seven principles), or word wall, containing key words defining the Jewish values, is connected to the donor wall by an aerial sculpture of suspended polished stainless steel arches with dichroic glass inserts. The work glints in the existing sunlight and changes character as the sun moves across the sky throughout the day and the various seasons of the year.
The work appears as the language of "breath" or ruach and is composed of two arches. The canopy of intersecting arches implies motion, movement of wind, past and present, light, and thought. This arch of sparkling light is a visualization of the connection of the current and future Community to the long-standing values that inspire its work, play, learning and action. The work invites your eye to look up and explore the volume of the architecture, through the skylights into the sky.
About Joy Wulke
Joy Wulke is a nationally recognized sculptor whose work bridges the boundary between visual art and architecture. Since receiving her Masters of Environmental Design degree from Yale in 1974, she has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Japan. She has received numerous awards, including two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Artist Grants. Her commissions span the country and include work for Lincoln Center Film Forum in New York and The Louisiana Worlds Fair. Wulke is a consultant with the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in the Art in Public Spaces program. She is founder of Projects for a New Millennium, which has initiated collaborative projects in Connecticut, New York, Montana, Florida, and California.