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GoNOLA Find: New Orleans Holocaust Memorial

All art is subjective in its interpretation. But Yaacov Agam’s Holocaust Memorial sculpture in the Moon Walk at Woldenberg Park really does look different depending on your viewpoint — and that’s by design. Agam’s optical and kinetic sculpture, which is a both somber and hopeful tribute to Holocaust victims and Jewish people, is our GoNOLA Find for this week.

Yaacov Agam’s New Orleans Holocaust Memorial (photo: Ari Bronstein, via Flickr)

Agam is an Israeli artist known for being one of the pioneers in kinetic art, and his works are exhibited in major museums all over the world. The Holocaust Memorial was dedicated in 2003 at Woldenberg Park, the green space along the city’s riverfront. The sculpture is composed of nine panels with different designs that become visible as you walk past the structure. The first view is a bright yellow Star of David, and as you walk past the sculpture panels depict the darkness of the Holocaust, the chaos of the world, and eventually faith, hope and renewal. The sculpture is a tribute to the Jews’ resilience, a call to never repeat the tragedy of the Holocaust, and also an impressive and dynamic work of art. Take some time with this important public art during your next riverfront stroll.

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