Update 01/09/2019: Installation Day. The National Sculptors' Guild is at the Young Israel of North Beverly Hills installing a Holocaust Memorial. Designed by John Kinkade and Dee Clements. Installation is nearing the finish line as we post. We are honored to create such an important element for this beautiful Synagogue and its members.
Special thanks to Judith Garshofsky who has been assisting with coordination every step of the way. It was also wonderful working with Rabbi Pini Dunner on this important memorial.
Another recent successful public art placement by the National Sculptors' Guild... we installed Fellow Dee Clements’ “Journey to Market” on June 23rd in Bellflower, California.
The Pacific Electric Railway made a big impact on Bellflower with Jotham Bixby’s granting the right of way to the go through the Somerset Ranch. Journey to Market is a sculpture of a handcart similar to those used at the rail stations throughout California during the early 1900’s. A Californio adds another milk can onto the cart while a young boy sits atop a stack of luggage waiting for the next train. Included on the cart are boxes of items produced in Bellflower and sent to Los Angeles such as 'Bellefleur', eggs, milk cartons and Bellefleur apples that were grown by pioneer settler William Gregory in the north part of town.
The National Sculptors' Guild placed Dee Clements' bronze sculpture "The Actor" in Easthampton, Massachusetts in 1995.
The Shakespearean actor adds some last minute eye makeup before a performance outside the theater building at Williston Northampton Academy. The Williston Northampton School inspires students to live with purpose, passion, and integrity.
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The Desert Holocaust Memorial remains one of the National Sculptors' Guild's most important placements. We are so honored to be a part of this historic memorial that has provided a space for remembrance, education, and healing for people around the world since its placement in Palm Desert, California in 1995.
As you approach the Desert Holocaust Memorial, you see a circular row of trees. These trees represent life outside of the enclosed fence of the concentration camps. At the entry to the memorial you will see a bronze plaque which gives a chronology of the systematic deprivation by law of the civil rights, jobs, property and life of “non-Aryans” by the Nazi party. Inside the history pedestal is buried an urn containing the verified names of 12,000 Righteous Gentiles who hid or assisted those condemned by Nazi regime during the years of the Holocaust.
At the heart of the memorial are seven larger than life bronze figures representing the people and different aspects of the Holocaust. The standing man is intended to be defiant and accusing. He in part represents the resistance of the Jews and others that fought the Nazi tyranny. (Note the left forearm on this man bears the number tattooed on a local Holocaust survivor.)
The other figures are of a mother with two children begging for mercy, a boy from the ghetto, a rabbi praying, and finally the figure behind the group, a man alone, silent, dying. His death represents bigotry, ignorance, and hatred taken to its inevitable end.
The faces and representations at the memorial were taken from actual photographic and news footage researched by the artist's team at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
The seven bronze figures are mounted on a double-tiered Star of David 20 feet across. The block granite is etched with a map of Europe indicating the location of the many concentration camps as well as the number of persons who perished.
The cobblestone and light standards are replicas of those at Auschwitz. Placed between the light posts are eleven bas reliefs telling the story of the Holocaust. A plaque located adjacent to each details the specific scene represented.
This memorial includes extensive provisions for educating people of all ages, races, and religions about the period of the Holocaust. It is a lesson about denial of basic civil rights. The monument memorializes lost parents, children, loved ones, and millions of innocent people. It is a place of respect, of respite, of mourning and of remembrance. It is also a monument of hope — hope that we can overcome bigotry and live among diversity in peace. -Desert Holocaust Committee.
Passing it Along by Dee Clements, National Sculptors' Guild placed at the Marriott Ownership Resorts in Palm Desert, California, 1993.
"PASSING IT ALONG" is a life-size bronze sculpture depicting a young child learning the banjo from their elder.
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JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs. click here for a list of our over 500 large-scale placements.