Miss Liberty is a mosaic (approximately 1,600 feet) made of thousands of small hand-carved pieces of Jerusalem stone, created for White Box’s floor by 120 students from the four Art Stations and studios operating in Ofakim, Ramle, Nazareth and Rishon-leZion, Israel and led by Israeli artist David Wakstein.
Four Stations are artist-led, art-and-education studios, established in 1997 in which students, tutors and artists collaborate in jointly created art works. Four Stations is an initiative that offers an alternative to the unresolved and violent dialogue in which both groups have traditionally been engaged. The Art Stations and Art Studios provide an opportunity for youth born in Israel, and from the opposite extremes of Jewish and Arab families, to meet and communicate safely and creatively in the midst of disparities and ongoing conflicts.
The Miss Liberty mosaic created for White Box is based on a British cartoon from a 1940 Punch magazine, the year before the US entered the war, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The cartoon alludes to AmericaÂ¹s reluctance to get involved in World War II. It features the Statue of Liberty riding a turbulent ocean. Instead of the torch, this Miss Liberty brandishes a sword with the word “conscription” while it tries to keep course on a polygon-shaped pedestal that simulates the Star of David.
Four Stations has received support from United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey, PARTNERSHIP 2000, Omanut Laam and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The exhibition received support from the Consulate of Israel, New York, Ethan Cohen, Diane von Furstenberg, Angel Orensanz Foundation, Yigal Ozeri, Elsa & Marvin Ross Greifinger, Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz, Mike Weiss, Alan Kleiman and Richard Massey.