Donate Life

 

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This tzedakah box, titled “Donate Life,” is dedicated to the idea that each of us has the power to save a life by donating blood, registering as a donor on our driver license, or participating in medical research. These common actions exemplify the highest form of tzedakah (as defined by Maimonides) in which the donor and the receiver do not need to know one another, yet the gift enables the beneficiary to recovery and become a contributing member of society. Donating blood, becoming an organ donor, or participating in medical research can literally change a person’s life.
 

Tzedakah box about participating in medical research as tzedakah
Tzedakah box with  graffiti painted on the side that says Tzedakah 
tzedakah box with side about participation in Medical Research
donate blood, save a life a modern form of tzedakah

This tin used for this tzedakah box portrays the iconic I. Magnin building in San Francisco, California. The tin has been repurposed as a tzedakah box. This is similar to how older buildings in San Francisco are renovated for a new purpose (including the Contemporary Jewish Museum and many others in downtown San Francisco). The theme of tzedakah highlights contributions that can “Donate Life.”  A Flickr album has an extensive collection of photos for this tzedakah in progress.
 

Photos of each side of the tzedakah box are shown below. 

  1. Institute of Medical Research
  2. Donate Blood - Save a Life
  3. Be A Donor - Parking Karma
  4. The fourth side: Tzedakah (righteousness)

 Institute of Medical Research  

Fabrication of Institute of Medical Research

Institute of Medical Research  completed  side of tzedakah box titled Donate Life

Institute of Medical Research  completed  side of tzedakah box titled Donate Life

Close-up view of the faux building architecture. The black window panes were all cut out from black tin cans and placed on top of a metallic tin to give the impression of windows. 

Close-up view of the faux building architecture. The black window panes were all cut out from black tin cans and placed on top of a metallic tin to give the impression of windows. 

Building in downtown San Francisco near the Contemporary Jewish Museum. I used this building to model my tzedakah box. 

Building in downtown San Francisco near the Contemporary Jewish Museum. I used this building to model my tzedakah box. 

Studio shot as I was working on putting together the buidling facade, and window.

Studio shot as I was working on putting together the buidling facade, and window.

The DNA helix on the right side was cut from tin cans and backed with white layer of tin cans.

The DNA helix on the right side was cut from tin cans and backed with white layer of tin cans.

This side was going to have a sign lower at the street level, but then I decided to move it higher up on the building. 

This side was going to have a sign lower at the street level, but then I decided to move it higher up on the building. 

Working drawing for the Institute for Health Research. 

Working drawing for the Institute for Health Research. 

Mock up of the parts and awning. I decided it didn't look good with the awning that said Save a Life. They were too similar.

Mock up of the parts and awning. I decided it didn't look good with the awning that said Save a Life. They were too similar.


The second side: Donate Blood - Save a Life

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Behind the Scene


The third side: Be A Donor - Parking Karma

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The fourth side: Tzedakah 

Donate Life is a Tzedakah box about donating blood, donating your organs (by designation on your Driver License) and participation in medical or clinical research. None of these actions cost the participant money, but can save a life, and contribute to society. 

This view shows the fire escape balconies, adjunction with the Institute for Medical Research and the Be a Donor - Parking Karma.

The interesting in this side is a graffiti style mural at the street level painted directly on the tin.

Tzedakah side
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Tzedakah box

Behind the Scene and more close-up views

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Grafitti in progress
Grafitti in progress includes original drawing, and painting

Grafitti in progress includes original drawing, and painting

Close up of the fire escape balony in progress.

Close up of the fire escape balony in progress.

Grafitti in progress
Close up of the fire escape balony in progress.

Close up of the fire escape balony in progress.

I chose these ones at first, but they broke and melted

I chose these ones at first, but they broke and melted

original drawing