The sculpture by Ines Britz was created in 2021 during our wood sculptor symposium as part of the project “With Open Eyes and Arms” as part of the theme year 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany and 900 Years of Jewish Life in Thuringia.
For ethnic peoples, the totem is a symbol of the relationship between groups or tribes and a certain natural phenomenon. The column is based on it. The olive tree stands for the people of Israel, carried by the fish as a symbol of fertility as well as the chai and the menorah – standing for life and creation. Miriam's protective hand is above the tree. The upper end, above everything else, is the Torah – a kind of set of rules for living according to the Jewish faith. The color blue of the sky stands for God, faith and revelation in Judaism, white means purity and holiness – the colors of the Israeli flag.