It was definitely a heart-wrenching experience for me when I visited this beautiful memorial park situated nicely in 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139. We actually went past this memorial park in a one-day tour bus which took us around the city for sight-seeing. This memorial park stood out from the common looking buildings around and that was the main reason initially that we wanted to visit this place not knowing what that is all about. After all, the sculpture of the hand was definitely eye-catching for tourists visiting this beautiful place like me! After I finally found my own way there by foot, I realized that this memorial park is dedicated to 6 million victims of The Holocaust(also known as The Shoah) during World War II.
This memorial park was commissioned by Kenneth Treister (sculptor) in 1985. His intent described of this park was what I have seen in this park, large environment sculpture, a large outdoor space where visitors like me are led through a series of visual, historical and emotional experiences with the hope that the visit will express the reality of the Holocaust to us in small way.
The very eye-catching and large sculpture is a 42 foot high bronze hand which is officially called “The Sculpture of Love and Anguish” with an Auschwitz number on the forearm and 130 human figures cast in bronze in various forms of anguish.
People will tell you how beautiful and nice it is to visit this park and look at it with a different view that you can actually see the reflection of the hand in the water. My initial attempts to create the picture shown below as various factors affected my frame. But finally, I got one that is satisfactory.
I love how this picture create a vertical effect of the hand reaching for the sky with the humans figures expressing their anger.
A picture attempted by me while going through the series of articles on the wall. I like how the sun shine on the tips of the fingers where it creates another mood showing how this sculpture shines under the sun. Again, I like it when I can see semi-silhouette reflection in the water.
Inside the memorial park, I took time to look at the human figures sculptures and grab few shots of HDR (High Dynamic Range). For me, I’m very glad to have the chance to visit this memorial park while I was there. The visit of the park kept me thinking till today about the millions of innocent lives taken away during the world war. And this is how I’m starting to appreciate the peace we have now more than ever.