Noah and Liran
Date 16 Tammuz 5771
Norman's nephew Noah was certainly correct.
The artist was visiting his family in Canada and had a very lengthy conversation with his nephew to discuss the ketuba that he wished to give Noah as a wedding gift and Noah warned Norman that he would definitely have to leave his "comfort zone" for the ketuba that he would give to his bride, Liran.
Noah wanted Norman to recreate a poster made by Ze'ev Raban, one of Israel's most famous artists at the turn of the century and who was a student and, later, a teacher in the Jerusalem Bezalel School of Art over 75 years ago. The artist himself studied in this famous school and upon entering in his first year of studies, discovered the work of Raban.
Norman was not quite sure how to react because Ze'ev Raban, the artist who created a wonderful poster during the early '20s when they were promoting Palestine, and which was the inspiration for the ketuba that Noah wanted, is like a mentor to the artist. Much of his work is very influenced by Raban's themes and his particular artistic style; however, the proof of its success is in the result.
To see Noah and Liran's inspiration, the poster for Palestine by Ze'ev Raban, click HERE
Of course, the artist had to call the Israel Museum and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design to ensure that there would be no infringement on any copyright laws and all they said was that as long as they were not identical, they were pleased that I was honoring Ze'ev Raban in this way.
Of course, Noah and Liran had some changes they obviously had to make in order for this to be a ketuba and also to personalize it so that it reflects their lives. They married and live in Tel Aviv and wanted the original landscape to be changed to Tel Aviv of today, complete with Dizengoff Square and the Opera House on the beach
The artist adapted the style of the text from the original poster by Raban to have the opening line of the ketuba in a 3-dimensional letter
As Noah is the executive assistant and right-hand man for Ms. Einat Wilf of Israel's Labor Party, he wanted the Knesset to be in one of the icons