‘The Last Days of Olden’ has a twist on the theme of the apocalypse
A piece of art by Australian artist Nick Nairn has gone viral on social media after he revealed that he has been working on an original piece for the last days of Oldenburg.
The artist said the idea of creating a piece of architecture as a memorial to the Holocaust was a way to honour the victims of the Holocaust and also “to remind the world that history is not over”.
“There’s a very strong connection to the history of the country, particularly the Holocaust, and it’s important to remember that,” he told FourFourtwo.
“It’s also a way of saying that the Holocaust is not forgotten, that we are alive today and that we have a legacy to be proud of.”
“If you look at the history and the people who were killed by the Nazis, I think we have the right to remember those who were here and that they lived and died in a time of great pain and trauma.”
The piece, which he describes as a “postmodernist” piece, is due to be unveiled at the Artforum Artfair in May.
Nairn said he felt that “Oldenburg had been forgotten” and that the memorial was a symbol of that.
“There is a very powerful connection to our heritage and to the people of Oldenberg, so we want to make sure that there is a memorial,” he said.
“It also makes me feel proud to be a part of this, to be able to tell people about it.”
He also said he had not had the opportunity to do a full-scale replica of the Nazi memorial in the Netherlands but that he wanted to do something “that’s just as meaningful and as powerful”.
He added: “The whole project has been a long time coming, but we’re excited to finally be able see it in action.”
Nawarns piece will be on view at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for a month and will be part of a permanent exhibition.