Filled With Commitment, 2010
Burlap, bronze, and aluminum
West Coast artist donates outdoor sculpture to Micah to inspire commitment
By Charles Bernsen via the Nashville Jewish Observer
There are several reasons that Los Angeles artist Marlene Louchheim decided to donate one of her sculptures to Congregation Micah.
First, she is a longtime friend of Rabbi Laurie Rice’s mother and has known Rabbi Rice “since she was in the womb.”
Second, the grounds at Micah are spacious enough to accommodate the sculpture, which consists of two overstuffed bags made of burlap and polished bronze and aluminum and stands more than seven feet tall. But most important, Louchheim said, is the fact that Micah embodies the theme of the piece, which is titled “Filled with Commitment.”
“Congregation Micah is very committed to Jewish life,” said Louchheim, who was in Nashville last month to take part in the installation of the piece.
The sculpture was part of a four-piece exhibition called “Commitment: Gathering Sparks” that went on display three years ago at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. At the time, Louchheim said she created the piece in memory of her brother, Wally Marks, who was committed to giving back to humanity and fighting for global justice.
Louchheim wanted to find a permanent home for the piece at a Jewish institution where, as a symbolic representation of her brother’s outsized commitment to social justice, it could be an inspiration to young people.
“That’s why it’s so big,” she said.
The sculpture will be installed behind the sanctuary along the path to Micah’s memorial garden and cemetery and will be visible through the sanctuary window.
“We are honored and grateful to make a home for Filled with Commitment at Micah,” said Rabbi Laurie Rice. “Marlene Louchheim is such an accomplished artist. Her generosity is astounding. We hope the piece continues to inspire our members for years to come.” •
Century City Sculpture 2015 – March 2015 to 2016
Full of Nature (set)
Burlap, bronze, and nickel with found rocks, each placed one by one.
2015 Installation on the Avenue of the Stars, Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Re-printed from the October 28, 2010 The Desert Sun “Valley” newspaper.
Downtown sculpture draws double-take.
Isn’t it great when a work of art suddenly appears somewhere in your city? A sculpture resembling a pair of wrinkled legs or tree stumps has popped up at the corner of North Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, a busy intersection in downtown Palm Springs.
The artwork is called “Together Again,” and it was created by artist Marlene Louchheim, according to the city of Palm Springs.
Made of burlap, polished bronze and nickel silver, it was installed in August. The Public Arts Commission voted in February 2009 to recommend city leaders accept the donated sculpture. The location was approved in November 2009.
The sculpture will stay at the street corner in front of the former Bank of America building until further development takes place there.
We’ll leave it up to residents to decide what it is they’re looking at, though. In fact, let us know what you think of the sculpture. Maybe we’ll share some of your ideas in the next week’s column.