Our ultimate goal is to build a public memorial,  using the buttons, that will honour the memory of the lost children.

We are still waiting on confirmation of a site to build in Wellington city New Zealand.  In the meantime we welcome your thoughts and design ideas.  

To submit a design idea, or comment on an idea featured below, just send us an email.


Design One: Bewilderment  
by The children of Moriah School

We have designed a Holocaust Memorial Sculpture called ‘Bewilderment’ which will house the buttons and give Wellington a way to remember the child victims of the Holocaust.

Vera Egermayer, a holocaust survivor, told us “In a time like the Holocaust it is like living in a pitch black room, but every time someone does something nice for you, it’s like them coming in and lighting a candle. You need to focus on the light”.


Our design is a maze - built from clear wall which enclose all 1.5 million buttons.  As you first enter the maze it will be dark and confusing, just how the children felt. But shining through the buttons will be the light at the centre of the maze.  To get to the light you must walk past every single button.


Inside the maze will be dark and quiet.  You will need to take a moment for your eyes to adjust so you can see the individual buttons and, through the gaps, try to find the distand light. In the centre of the maze is a single light shaped like a candle.  A short audio track will repeat Vera's quote in each language of the children who were killed.

 

We think Bewilderment expresses emotion, and encourages people to think about the lost children. When you walk around the maze, the silence and the feeling of hopelessness will make you feel lost and scared – just like the victims of the Holocaust. As you make your way through the maze the buttons will make you feel like you’re surrounded by all the dead children. Hopefully, you will feel bonded to the children.




Design 2 - Sculptures by Bjoern Soervang Hansen 

In these sketches Norweigian sculptor Bjørn Sørvang Hansen gives has his artistic response to the ideals within our project. He liked the draft that the children have made, and specially the detail of the light in the middle of the buttons inside the building.


After viewing our he had looked at the website and learning more about our project, he rapidly made two sketches on a piece of paper. In Bjørn's vision he saw on the top/roof of a building, a globe made of transparent material, filled with buttons. A pair of hands is carrying the globe while light is coming from the inside.Children raise the globe on high, watched by doves against the sky - a universal peace symbol of peace and freedom.


Bjørn Sørvang Hansen is currently living in Oslo - more of his work can be found on his website:

http://www.kunstnerbjorn.no

or his Facebook profile:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Billedhugger-Bj%C3%B8rn-S%C3%B8rvang-Hansen/200499046751897 ) .