In honor of the 2015 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I have designed a sculpture containing the names of 56 concentration camps. The design is based on the poster I designed that was chosen by the United Nations as one of the official posters for last year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
With the International Holocaust Remembrance Day fast approaching, My vision is that every Jewish home has the Bond of Life sculpture as a Yizkor candle holder. A percentage of all proceeds will be given to charity.
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About the Sculpture
There were 56 concentration and death camps in Europe during the Holocaust, the name of each one is found on the sculpture. Some of these camps remain well-known, while others have been forgotten. With that in mind, I worked to give every equal space, design and weight to every name, because each and every one of these camps were places in which life and death was determined: for those at the camps who survived, for those whose testimony was silenced, for their families and for us all.
The collection of these names creates a monument of belonging, of the individual within the collective. Every individual story is part of the story of Jewish history and that of mankind. I treated each camp as equal to the others, capturing the same space as every other in the design, regardless the camp’s size, number of victims, or prevalence of historical references. Every camp name is written in identical Hebrew block letters, squared with sharp angular corners, like the bricks of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall. I merged the letters with the design of barbed wire in a simple and clean design. This simplicity provides the viewer with a glimpse of the horrors that occurred in these camps, devoid of any humanity.
About the artist
Ofer Shemesh is an Israeli graphic designer. For over 30 years his art has reflected his view of the Jewish and Israeli soul as it searches for personal identity and independence. This search is fueled by Jewish history and continues to prosper and develop, driven by art, culture and international influences, as well as the constant threat under which the modern State of Israel exists.
One of the most significant influences on his work is rooted in the emotional experiences that Ofer faced as an IDF combat soldier during the Lebanon War in 1983. As he says, “I tried to stay humane in a place that could never be humane.”
Posters are Ofer’s preferred instrument for popular art. With them, he is able to convey his powerful combining tears with hope, death with inspiration, modernity with history, and Israel with the world.
Several of his pieces have won international awards and have been exhibited in museums and private art galleries around the world, including Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. His work has also been displayed in places such as Australia and Nepal.
Ofer’s design won the 2013 International Poster Design competition for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that was sponsored by the United Nations and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. The winning poster was displayed at the UN and in government offices in 40 countries.
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