By COLlive reporter
Two days after the tragic massacre at Congregation Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, Chabad artist Yitzchok Moully memoralised the victims by creating a haunting Tree of Life painting.
The painting, purchased by the WZO organization and donated to the synagogue, carries the message #LightOverDarkness.
Moully has also created two Chanukah murals in Miami, perhaps the biggest such murals in the world, and says he wanted to bring the energy to his home state of New Jersey.
Not finding the right wall to paint on, he remembered his family’s RV and decided to replicate the Tree of Life mural on it. “What better time than Chanukah to bring light to the darkness,” he says.
In a 30 foot RV, overlayed by 25-foot murals of a menorah on a black background, Moully made multiple appearances at menorah lightings and schools all around the tri-state area, throughout the holiday.
Each successive night, as the Chanukah candles were being kindled, Moully painted paint the night’s new light onto the menorah on the canvas.
During the event, passersby were given the chance to interact with the piece by pledging an action they will take towards vanquishing darkness, and writing them onto the mural in metallic colors. These pledges not only physically illuminate the black canvas, they also ultimately add real, spiritual light into the world.
In conjunction with a menorah lighting, #LightOverDarkness is a project that fuses the joy of an experience with the inspiration of a spiritual gathering, promotes community building among people from all walks of the Jewish world, and galvanizes participants to actively outshine the darkness, each with their own acts of light.
The complete mural is currently looking for an appropriate home to continue the message of #LightOverDarkness. For more info, contact Moully at MoullyArt.com or [email protected]