Canopy of Stars

by Israel Levitan of New York (1912-1982)

The 35 by 45 foot plaster ceiling by modern sculptor Israel Levitan, is thought to be the only one of its kind created by the artist. Levitan worked in a range of materials such as plaster, stone and metal, however he executed most of his work in wood. The carved plaster ceiling in the Narthex, features 1,000 lucite disks embedded in the ceiling through which light is projected thus creating the impression of a night canopy of stars.