Mural painting design for the JWV Memorial in Detroit, Michigan. Theme from Isaiah II-2:3:4. commissioned by the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. and the Gold Star Parents.
"The two central and dominant figures are meant to symbolize The Modern Jew in Today's World, personified by the young Veteran figure, standing in an attitude of fearlessness and hope, sustained and supported by the Spirit of Prophecies of the Past and Future, represented by the figure of an old man, bearing the Torah. He is not identified specifically as Isaiah, because he is meant to symbolize all the prophets whose words have comforted, shielded, or fired zeal and hope in Jewish hearts.
At the left is a group of timeless, nameless, people shown in attitudes of despair and degradation as a result of war and oppression, in a a landscape meant to suggest the devastation and barrenness always left in the wake of war--a barrenness of the spirit, too, is meant to be felt in this grouping.
Below this, at the lower left and leading to the central foreground, is what could be called the Pattern of War, consisting of design elements created from a machine gun, shell casings, a martial drum and other devices of war. The rejection of the pattern of war is dramatized by the central figure shown in the act of discrading his gun, and the evident gesture of turning away from these symbols of war. This is further highlighted by the yad, or Torah Poiner, held in the Veteran's lifted hand.
These design elements at the central foreground lead into an obvious contrast at the right-- the Pattern of Peace, Symbols are shown representing Science, Technology, and Culture, suggesting Man's creative energies channelled toward the instrumentation of Peace.
Above this right foreground section are various figure groups, denoting all men and all nations, signifying the gradual fulfillment of the spirit of teh prophecy of Isaiah. They are moving through the facade of a multi-arched structure and symbolizing the Halls of Culture, of Learning, of Religion, and of democratic political ideals such at the United Nations organization. This architectural design fragment vignettes or 'dissolves' into a radiant atmosphere emanating from a verdant mountain-like form, symbolic of 'the mountian of the Lord's House.'"
Jewish War Veterans