Carillon through Magela-S
Colored photograph of the clocktower (Cook Carillon) on GVSU's Pew Campus in Grand Rapids through a steel sculpture by Cyril Lixenberg.
This photograph depicts two iconic locations on Grand Valley State University's downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus, the Beckering Family Carillon Tower, and Cyril Lixenberg's steel sculpture, "Magela-S."
"Magela-S" was originally installed as an entry to ArtPrize, a Grand Rapids-wide public art event. Artist Cyril Lixenberg created this large-scale sculpture based on the biblical story of Queen Esther, which is traditionally recorded in scroll form and read in synagogues in early spring on the Jewish holiday of Purim. The story is often read from illuminated scrolls that have meaning when read both horizontally and vertically. "Magela" (sometimes spelled "megillah") is a Yiddish and Hebrew word that also indicates a long, detailed story or account. The "S" in in honor of the artist's late wife, Saskia, who passed away in 2000 and to whom this sculpture is dedicated.