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   Harriet Feigenbaum

Memorial to Victims of the Injustice of the Holocaust - dedicated 1990, Marble

 

Memorial to the Victims of the Injustice of the Holocaust

Completion Date:

1990

Medium:

Marble

Dimensions:

38'

Location:

Apellate Division Courthouse

Address:

State Supreme Court, 25th Street and Madison Avenue

Architect:

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Sponsor Agency:

Queens Judicial Advisory Committee

Design Agency:

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The memorial consists of a six-sided half column rising 27 feet above its base. The five-sided concave base extends one story below ground level, the overall height of the Memorial being 38 feet. Carvings of flames along the length of the column recall the flames of the gas chambers at Auschwitz. They appear to blow in the direction of the courthouse as if to threaten the symbol of Justice. A relief of an aerial view of the main camp at Auschwitz is carved into the base at eye level. An inscription "Indifference to Injustice" has been carved above the relief, "Is the Gate to Hell" below it. Specific locations at Auschwitz are identified: Torture Chamber, Execution Wall, Gas Chamber and Crematorium 1, Commandant's House. The source of the image of the death camp is a photograph taken during an Allied bombing raid on August 25, 1944. By the selection of this photograph, the artist is saying that the Allies must have known of the camp and they took no action. On the base under the relief is a giant flame extending below ground level as a final reminder of Crematorium 1 at Auschwitz.

About the Artist...
Harriet Feigenbaum attended both Columbia University and the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York City. Throughout her career she has focused on sculptures and installations out-of-doors, both in rural and urban settings. Feigenbaum has developed many environmentally conscious works, spending a great deal of time in the coal mining regions of Pennsylvania. "Reclamation Art" was a project in which Feigenbaum attempted to repair the damage that strip-mining has done to the land. As seen in her Holocaust Memorial, Harriet Feigenbaum is concerned with sociopolitical issues as well. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has been featured in numerous periodicals.

Artist Quote...
"For me, a work of public art must enhance the environment in a provocative way. Art created for a particular situation cannot satisfy every special interest group, nor should it. The artist's mission must prevail or the resulting project will not be an artwork." -- Harriet Feigenbaum