"Windows on Jerusalem"
The Hemme "Salvador Dali" Ketuba
Date Tammuz 5769
This ketuba without a doubt steered the artist away from all that he was used to in creating a ketuba. The couple had quite a few unusual requests that had Norman in a quandary. The couple particularly love the art of Escher and Salvador Dali and also were quite clear that their ketuba be based on the famous mathematical "Golden Ratio", a classic compositional element.
The ketuba text in a spiral is also a direction that is most unusual for any ketuba, and not just this particular ketuba. The results are visible before you.
Knowing that the paintings by Salvador Dali are very unrealistic and, at times, very much like dreams, he wanted to have a "dreamlike" visualization for their ketuba and had decided on a window opening onto another window opening onto Jerusalem as the focal point, as Jerusalem is the heart of all Judaism.
The bride's special love of fruit inspired Norman to use an orange tree as the 2nd landscape, representing Israel as the orange is Israel's national fruit.
The spiralling text is clearly visible.
Starting at the very bottom of the ketuba and ending at Jerusalem, one can see hints of a road, or path to represent the fact that the couple love going for walks and nature. Norman had decided on the main window to be opened onto a night sky, complete with a comet.
A detail showing the text in English.
And the perfect extract that the artist used as a decorative piece of calligraphy is from the Book of Ruth: "Wherever you go, I will go and wherever you lie down, I will lie down."
A closeup of the exterior area of the windows and the window itself.