Donate Life

 

Donate Life Tzedakah box contemporary judaica

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 Side 1 - Institute for Medical Research

Tzedakah Side 1 - Institute for Medical Research

Tzedakah Side 2 - graffiti on I.Magnin & Co building

Tzedakah Side 2 - graffiti on I.Magnin & Co building

Tzedakah  Top view -  Donate Life

Tzedakah Top view - Donate Life

Tzedakah Side 3 Donate Life / Side 4 Organ Donation

Tzedakah Side 3 Donate Life / Side 4 Organ Donation

The 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. The theme highlights contemporary forms of tzedakah such as participating in medical research, donating blood and being an organ donor. contributions that can “Donate Life.”  A Flickr album has an extensive collection of photos for this tzedakah in progress.



Donate Life - Tzedakah Side 1 Institute of Medical Research
(including images of the fabrication in the studio ) 

Donate Life Tzedakah box Institute of Medical Research

Fabrication of Donate Life - Institute of Medical Research

Original drawing for the Institute for Health Research.

Original drawing for the Institute for Health Research.

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.

Paper mock-up of the parts and awning. I decided it didn't like this awing idea next to the awning that said Save a Life..

Paper mock-up of the parts and awning. I decided it didn't like this awing idea next to the awning that said Save a Life..

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.

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.



Donate Life - Graffiti painting of Tzedakah and balconies
(including images of the fabrication in the studio)

Tzedakah graffiti on Donate Life

Fabrication of the balconies on Donate Life

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

Close up of the fire escape balony in progress.

Close up of the fire escape balony in progress.

Painting the Tzedakah graffiti

Original drawing for graffiti painting

Original drawing for graffiti painting

Grafitti painting in progress painting

Grafitti painting in progress painting

Grafitti in progress

Tzedakah Side 3 Donate Life & Side 4 Organ Donation
(with images of the fabrication process in the studio)

Tzedakah Side 3 Donate Life Side 4 Organ Donation

Fabrication in the studio of “Donate Blood”, “Save a Life” and “Be a Donor” for Donate Life


Taping on the lettering for Donate Blood and Safe a Life first verstion

Taping on the lettering for Donate Blood and Safe a Life first verstion

Donate Blood taped on, with paper awning for Save a Life

Donate Blood taped on, with paper awning for Save a Life

donate-life-side-2

Parking Karma sketch and parking sign all in paper

Parking Karma sketch and parking sign all in paper

Parking Karma in progress with be a donor in paper

Parking Karma in progress with be a donor in paper

Be A Donor sign in progress

Be A Donor sign in progress

Parking garage drawing

Parking garage drawing

Parking garage detail

Parking garage detail