The Ark; Molly Macalister; 1968; 39

From

Molly Macalister, sculptor

Name/Title

The Ark

About this object


References
The New Zealand Herald 23 May 1968
'Molly Macalister: a memorial exhibition.' Alexa Johnston. Auckland Art Gallery, 1982

'John Goldwater, the architect of the Synagogue in Auckland, collaborated with Molly Macalister in the design work for 'The Ark'. Goldwater was responsible for the overall shape, Macalister made the carvings; traditional symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel. The tribes and their symbols are listed below following the arrangement on the work:
SIMEON GAD
(Tower of Shechem) (Camp)
LEVI REUBEN
(Breastplate) (Mandrakes)
JUDAH NAPHTALI
(Lion) (Hind)
ZEBULUN ISSACHAR
(Ship) (Large-boned ass)
BENJAMIN JOSEPH
(Wolf) (Bullock and wild ox)
ASHER DAN
(Olive tree) (Serpent)'

(Johnston, 1982, p23)

"The New Zealand Herald" recorded that the work was intentionally abstract:
'Mr Goldwater said yesterday it was not planned to have the ark looking like a picture postcard. It was meant to make people think.' ("The New Zealand Herald" 23 May 1968)

Maker

Molly Macalister

Maker Role

Artist

Date Made

1968

Medium and Materials

Vitrified Hinuera stone

Technique

Carving

Measurements

5490 mm high.

Subject and Association Description

"The tribes and their symbols are listed below following the arrangement on the work:
SIMEON GAD
(Tower of Shechem) (Camp)
LEVI REUBEN
(Breastplate) (Mandrakes)
JUDAH NAPHTALI
(Lion) (Hind)
ZEBULUN ISSACHAR
(Ship) (Large-boned ass)
BENJAMIN JOSEPH
(Wolf) (Bullock and wild ox)
ASHER DAN
(Olive tree) (Serpent)"

Collection

Auckland Hebrew Congregation

Object Type

Relief sculpture

Object number

39

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