A Sculpture of Love and Anguish

Photograph of "A Sculpture of Love and Anguish" maquette installed in the Smathers Libraries Judaica Suite. The room is dark and fillled with wooden bookcases. There is light streaming from the windows and from above, illuminating the sculpture. The oxidized metal sculpture sits on a wooden pedestal.

Kenneth Treister (American, 1930- ). A Sculpture of Love and Anguish [Maquette]. c. 1989. Miami, Florida.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.
Gift of Kenneth Treister.

In 1984, a small group of Holocaust survivors came together to create a memorial in Miami. The committee selected Miami Beach as the ideal location given the city’s high population of survivors. Kenneth Treister was commissioned to design the memorial. This small bronze maquette is a model for the final imposing sculpture. The outstretched hand stands over four stories tall, as the centerpiece of a large, symbolically rich, memorial and visitor complex. It was cast at the Mexican foundry, Fundición Artística. The maquette is on permanent display in the Judaica Suite, a bespoke set of reading rooms also uniquely designed by Kenneth Treister.

Image © University of Florida / Bernard Brzezinski.