Seventh Graders Imagine Monuments
"My monument, if it were real, would be set in a cobblestone
street, in an old, Italian market square. It would be surrounded by
brown apartment buildings that look very much as they did during the
Holocaust. The model that I made is of clay, wood, and wire and is
only about 3 inches x 3 inches x 7 inches large. The real monument
would have a bronze cow on top of a wooden cart, the wheels would
be bronze, and, instead of a wooden animal attachment, it would be
a bronzed rope, very thick. If this were real, it would be 5 feet
high, 6 feet wide and 10 feet long. It would be roughly real life
proportion, and would hopefully blend in with the crowded market square.
"I chose this to commemorate all the young Jewish girls who
were slaughtered like cattle during the Holocaust. This idea was inspired
by the song 'Donah,' which was written by a young girl on the floor
of her barracks in the concentration camp. This is dedicated to her,
and all the people like her, who were young girls like you and me,
but were sadly slaughtered because of Hitler's crazy ideas. By creating
this I hope that people can see how we relate to all the sufferers,
so that they will consider, before there is a next time, that all
the people being hurt are humans just like them."
Seventh Grader, 2003
Teacher's comment: Art, science, and humanities combined for a
while as students worked on a project for "Facing History and
Ourselves." Working to scale, they designed and built a model
of a monument to a person, event, or idea they feel passionately about.
The assignment included (as exemplified above) a description of what
the full-size monument would look like-size, materials, color, etc.its
location, and the reason for its importance. They researched and considered
the properties of various building/sculptural materials for effect
and appropriateness. After writing a description of her monument,
each student sketched it from at least two directions, and added background
and ground around it. They were encouraged to use their imaginations,
creating settings to suit their designs.