Community Day School in Squirrel Hill plans to break ground in April 2005 for a
40-foot diameter, 9-foot high Holocaust sculpture, in which 6 million pop tabs
will be encased in 960 glass blocks to form a Star of David.. Each pop tab
will represent a Jewish life lost in the Holocaust.
Social studies teacher Bill Walter prompted students to begin collecting the pop
tabs in 1996 and after five years they had the requisite 6 million. Sculptor
Elena Hiat Houlihan, who has created other large-scale works for public places,
later became an artist-in-residence, guiding the school through the
Visitors will be able to enter a meditative area within the sculpture, which is
expected to be located on the day school's grounds. The April groundbreaking
date will mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the nazi concentration
camps by Allied forces.
Various organizations gave grants via the Mid-Atlantic
Arts Foundation for the project, including the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, the
William Penn Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Architectural consultation on the project was provided pro bono by Alan Dunn
of Dunn and Associates.