Many Holocaust memorials place a focus on the magnitude of the event and the depth of the atrocities, and while these aspects of the Holocaust cannot be ignored, they’re difficult for the visitor to truly comprehend—the numbers are too great and the horror too far removed from our lives. This scheme for Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial seeks to overcome these obstacles of human psychology by personalizing the victims rather than attempting to describe the crime. Memorial visitors will be surrounded by images of Holocaust victims—not images from the camps, but images of the happy, healthy, and eminently comprehensible families that would go on to be destroyed. As visitors walk through the memorial or perhaps sit and quietly contemplate, they will view each other through the etched glass plates and discover their fellow visitors now embedded in the photographs, bringing immediacy to images of the past.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Atlantic City, NJ, US