Jerusalem Gate Diary
The Jerusalem Gate project record of proceedings, hand written in
purple felt point pen, on small format paper, covered the projectís
progress as it occurred, from start to finish. Novakís daily
involvement from creating the projectís concept for almost ten
years, was so very complex and had no precedent to draw upon, having
to invent and improvise as he went along. The diary became a most
essential tool. This record , a running journal , was started in
recognition of the need to have a reference tool, a registry, then
in spontaneity, much much more was included. At times the
difficulties, at times inspirational moments, at other times
ordinary events, on occasion almost miraculous happenings, such as
having the skilled individuals which Novak had sought for some time,
to be sitting next to him on a flight.
In the progress of dong the Gate project , Novak encountered from ordinary people to world greats; the diary notes at dayís end or at meetingís end, had an energy all itís own. Whether it was a taxi driver, religious leader, Nobel Prize winner, top NASA metallurgist, or whoever, the length of coverage was always, in Novakís belief, guided.
This 7138 page effort as necessity, while being guided within the flow of daily activities, was viewed eventually by a number of art historians as an utterly unique creation on itís own, the likes of which is unknown in respect to the creation of any world monument in the past.
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