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Located close to lively South Beach is one of the most haunting pieces of art I have ever seen The deeply moving Holocaust Memorial in Miami is an art installation that combines the senses of sight sound and a vivid array of emotions The structure itself is a walled circle within a semicircle Within the circle resides the main body of the work a 42-foot bronze sculpted arm and hand reaching up to God The wall surrounding the inner circle stands about 10 feet tall The circle is connected to the outer semicircle by a long corridor You must walk through the outer area to reach the corridor that leads to the arm Along the outer semicircle are various other sections of the exhibit including life-sized bronze sculptures of the Holocausts victims and a long stretch of etched shiny black granite blocksThe etched granite along the outer semicircle contains two things First a multi paneled history of the Holocaust including such things as European maps denoting number of lives vanquished per region and stories of struggling victims such as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland The other blocks of granite contain thousands of names of victims as submitted by their loved onesThe enclosed corridor leading from the outer part of the exhibit to the main sculpture within the circle shrinks as you walk through it The hallway is filled with the music of children singing in Hebrew At the far end of the hallway there is a sculpture of a life-sized little girl reaching out to you in agony for help You will have to walk right past her to enter the main area of the work Within this circular area paved in pink stone are the life-sized bronze sculptures of dozens of human beings Some on the ground near death some walking hand in hand all emaciated and in anguish as their detailed bodies and expressions show Other victims are actually climbing the
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