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Michael Polka

Michael Polka

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US

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Competition for one-board entry
Competition for one-board entry
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2009 Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial Competition

Very small site directly located on the boardwalk in Atlantic City with ocean views.  Intervention must be well above the beach below on piles and must be min. 70% open to the boardwalk.  Holocaust education and memorialization directed to mainly non-Jewish users of the boardwalk is the goal of the organizers.

The concept of my installation, BLONIE, ws born from the idea that the epitome of ruthlessness and hatefulness of the NAZI regime was the conception, construction, and execution of the death camp system & program in Eastern Europe.  it cannot be stressed enough that the actual original concept of the SIX caps referred to here, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor, & Treblinka was to EXTERMINATE the Jews of Europe & all other races or peoples thought of as sub-human. 

The SIX CAMPS and single representative of the CONCENTRATION CAMPS are represented by seven PODIA.  Each podium contains a lighted bronze plaque describing in cold detail what occurred in each camp.  THE PODIA are connected with a large bronze "pin" to associated sculptures also each with a small lighted bronze plaque facing the Atlantic.  The purpose of the text to be placed on the sculputures is provision for quotes from actual survivors of a particular camp, perhaps one to two quotes - TESTIMONY of the inhuman atrocities known as the SHOAH.

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Atlantic City, NJ, US

 
View of memorial toward the boardwalk
View of memorial toward the boardwalk
Night view of the memorial & supporting tower
Night view of the memorial & supporting tower
busy boardwalk view of the memorial toward the ocean
busy boardwalk view of the memorial toward the ocean

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