Marvel of Balfour
Client: The Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning
The Balfour Declaration was issued by the British government during World War I declaring their support of the Jewish people settling in Palestine as their new home. The document had gone through four renditions to ascertain that it was diplomatically astute, before it was settled on its final form by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour. It was finally sent to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, dated 2 November 1917.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, The Academy’s course analyzes recently released documentation surrounding the declaration and explores the course of events that led to the effective instatement of the Jewish people’s new home.
The illustration attempts to consolidate the key position that Israel plays in the world through clear imagery that places Israel in the center of cogs that drive a greater machine. Though it is central in the working of greater mechanics it is also reliant on the larger mechanism, insinuating that there is need for cohesion in the greater scheme of things.