Behind The Art - Hear O Israel:
There are descriptions in the Book of Exodus of the embroideries and draperies in the Tabernacle of the Ark of the Covenant, and of the dyes that were used to create a specific color scheme. Later, in II Chronicles, when Solomon is directing the construction of the Temple, there are various uses for these same colors: crimson and purple and blue. According to these accounts, gold also was employed in abundance. These historical details suggested the colors for the design.
I had been planning to take my work to a large religious convention where, unsurprisingly, some major controversies were anticipated. This text had been on my mind for some time, and its message of fundamental unity of belief might, I felt, be welcomed as a reminder of common ground. So, with my admittedly extensive display in place (Old Testament, New Testament, a little philosophy, a little poetry), I was caught a bit off guard on hearing “Well, well. A little something for everyone,” then my ironic visitor stopped at the Deuteronomy 6:12, “even the monotheists.”
I still think it may have helped a little.