Yona Verwer  City Charms -

Amulets For Buildings on the Terror Watch List.

Photographs

 













Detail of “Wall Street Amulet”

Manhattan Bridge Amulet 1

16” x 20”

Edition of 10, S/N

Wall Street Amulet 3

16” x 20”

Edition of 10, S/N

Unknown Target  Amulet

16” x 20”

Edition of 10, S/N

I create amulet images that I have designed for noted American landmarks to depict, address and counter the continuing post-9/11 sense of insecurity & vulnerability. This series is a wake-up call after an attack that fractured our world.


These City Charms function as “protection devices” for iconic structures in U.S. cities, each one featuring a well-known American architectural benchmark. Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, the Woolworth Building & the Manhattan Bridge are among the locations in NYC.


Amulets were traditionally made to be worn or placed in locations to promote healing. protect against evil & to bring good luck. My apotropaic images consist of photographs of objects which I assemble only for the duration of the photo session: the originals no longer exist, emphasizing the potential fragility of the subjects, while the amulet / photographs themselves aim to invoke protection from terrorism for these “terror-watch-list” sites.


The term "mipnei tikkun ha-olam" is used in the Talmud. In this context it refers to public policy, providing protection to weaker members of society such as widows and slaves. There is also the kabbalistic notion of "tikkun" the idea that the world is profoundly broken and can be fixed only by human acts.


In either case, nowadays the phrase “tikkun olam” remains connected with human responsibility for fixing what is wrong with the world. It also appears to respond to a profound sense of deep rupture in the universe, which speaks as much to the post-Holocaust era as it did in the wake of the 9/11 attack.


In this series I have continued working with a variety of juxtapositions in intent, action & result: the ornate shapes and styles of old-fashioned jewelry in contrast with images of urban structures;  the magical and religious aspects of amulets & charms in relation to our personal and national battle against the banality of terror.


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Statue of Liberty Amulet I

16” x 20”

Edition of 10, S/N

Times Square Taxi: God’s Medallion

Acrylic on canvas

48” by 36”

2012






Times Square Taxi, God's Medallion features New York's busiest intersection in the theatre district. A taxi races through the streets while the surrounding buildings and billboards are illuminated with hamsa shapes.

The title alludes to both a medallion, a permit issued by a governmental agency to operate a taxicab, and wearable amulets.

God is everywhere, including Times Square.

Wall Street Amulet Red

16” x 20”

Edition of 10, S/N

Manhattan Bridge Amulet Red

16” x 20”

Edition of 10, S/N

Statue of Liberty Amulet II

16” x 20”

Edition of 10,S/N