“Let Them Fly” Dedication
Earlier this month siblings David Korn, Judith Oppenheimer, and Margie Hollander joined the Pre-Kindergarten Explorers in the ECS lobby to sing the Shehecheyanu blessing for the generous donation of the Alfred Tibor sculpture, Let Them Fly. The sculpture, which had belonged to their late parents, Harold and Harriet Korn, can be enjoyed by all who pass through the ECS lobby, along with our younger artists’ two-dimensional interpretation of this piece.
Pre-Kindergarten Explorers gather in the ECS lobby to sing the Shehecheyanu blessing for the generous donation of the Alfred Tibor sculpture, Let Them Fly.
The April 5 dedication ceremony was held in honor of the memory of Harold and Mrs. Harriet Korn. The sculpture, Let Them Fly, by artist and Holocaust-survivor Alfred Tibor, was donated to the JCC by their children, Charles and David Korn, Judith Oppenheimer, and Margery Hollander, and resembles a child soaring through the air, embracing freedom. The sculpture now adorns the JCC lobby as a testimony to the spirit of childhood.
(Left to right) David Korn, Judith Oppenheimer, and Margie Hollander at the JCC’s Dedication Ceremony.
The Korn family grew up at the JCC and have many fond memories of Sunday Fun Time, bowling in the bowling alley, and taking cooking and art classes. The children of Harold and Harriet Korn wanted to share their and their parents’ lifetime love of art and the JCC. The dedication seemed like a fitting tribute to both passions, said daughter Judith Oppenheimer.
“Mom and Dad loved the piece. It was very inspiring to them, so we thought it would be a wonderful testament to give this beloved work of art to the children and the preschool,” said Oppenheimer. “My parents really supported the JCC. Mom was always at the Center…meeting friends.” Like her parents, Oppenheimer passionately supports the arts and hopes that the work will spark kids’ imagination. “Hopefully, this will give them a piece of context to draw and grow from. It’s pretty special to me.”
Since 1974 Alfred Tibor has created beautiful works of art celebrating hope and optimism. His works span a multitude of mediums—from alabaster to marble, bronze to resin—and contain a variety of inspirational subjects—from Holocaust works to figures expressing and evoking emotion and the continuity of existence. More than 220 of his works are in public and private collections around the world.
Tibor’s sculpture, “Freedom”, in Battelle Park depicts a man holding a bird ready to fly. In the words of the artist, “I am that bird!” “As a Holocaust survivor,” he once said, “I believe that my life was spared to do my work so people may enjoy it…. I truly believe that life is a celebration.”
So, too, did the Korn family, celebrating the life of their parents by sharing this beautiful work with all the children of the JCC, to be enjoyed for many years to come. Many thanks to the Korn family for this beautiful addition to the JCC.