With 24 karat gold plating this remarkable limited edition artwork is a menorah-inspired sculpture by the leading Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, which was designed in the late 1980s. With 70 branches that revolve around a central spine, it is an example of his kinetic art; with no prescribed configuration, each arrangement of the gilt beams creates a new artwork and new variation on the traditional Jewish design.
Handcrafted at Ortesha, Yavne, in Israel, c.1988, Agam's purpose with this artwork was to find a way to express the ultimate unity of the presence of God across framented reality and across an infinite number of variations of the same theme. Despite the continual motion and transformable nature of the piece, the core design of the Menorah is unmistakable, and each act of creation on our behalf only serves to add a new variation to the Menorah as it was given.
The piece comes as originally presented, inscribed '358/900,' replete with the original elegantly lined case, and bearing the artist's signature to the exterior. There is a luxury stand in velvet with which to mount the display the piece, and on which the menorah will never lose its balance. It also comes with a certificate of authenticity from K.D.C. Publishers Ltd, and a leaflet with further information and insight on Agam's work. Agam went on in his illustrious career to explore these ideas of perpetual harmony and variation in his wider oeuvre, utilising barrier-grid animation in particular to create works which, like this one, vary according to the orientation from which they are viewed.