Libeskind, Hamilton, Plensa Finalists for Ohio’s Holocaust Memorial

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Columbus, Ohio. (Howard Jefferson)

Columbus, Ohio. (Howard Jefferson / Flickr)

An artistic selection committee Thursday selected three semi-finalists for the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus. Jaume Plensa of Chicago, Columbus’ Ann Hamilton, and Daniel Libeskind will visit the site, meet with the committee and then have six weeks to submit a proposal for review. The committee will pick the final project artist in May.

Libeskind designed Berlin’s Jewish Museum, one of the most prominent memorials of its kind. Ann Hamilton has home-turf advantage, so to speak, and is coming off a spectacularly reviewed show at the Armory, The Event of a Thread. Spanish-born Jaume Plensa’s evocative sculptures are pensive and humanistic, often involving glowing lights, and seem well suited to such a project.

4 Responses to “Libeskind, Hamilton, Plensa Finalists for Ohio’s Holocaust Memorial”

  1. Adam K P says:

    I predict some angled walls and skylights shaped like Hebrew letters from Libeskind. Oh … and there will be corny, cloying symbolism … and lots and lots of sugar-coated BS pretending to be theory.

  2. Bernini says:

    I hear Libeskind has spent the last few weeks working on a napkin sketch that illustrates the concept that flashed into his brain when he visited the site …. :-)

  3. Marvin D. Zimmerman says:

    I hope Hamilton or Plensa will be given the opportunity to design a dignified memorial. Libeskind’s dumbed down rhetoric and misplaced symbolism has created Holocaust theme park rides rather than buildings of substance that the Jewish people can take pride in.

  4. Korinne says:

    Oh, no! Not Libeskind again! Haven’t we seen enough of his jarring forms and spurious symbolism?

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