Boise-made International Memorial Monument Reproduction On View for Holocaust Remembrance Day 

click to enlarge DELIA DANTE, FIREFUSION STUDIO
  • Delia Dante, FireFusion Studio
Two years ago, a well-traveled Boise couple stopped in at FireFusion Studio with an unusual request: They wanted to learn how to weld and enamel, in order to create a miniature reproduction of a portion of the International Memorial at the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany, where the couple had visited. The original, much larger work was designed by sculptor Nandor Glid, a Jewish artist deported to a Hungarian labor camp during World War II, and is meant to memorialize the camp's victims. Its distinct design recalls the mandatory identifying badges worn by camp prisoners.

"When they went to Dachau, they were incredibly overwhelmed by the experience of that concentration camp. They really wanted to bring back a piece of that memorial, the triangle, that really caught their attention," said FireFusion owner Delia Dante. "There were no postcards or even any kind of little miniature sculptures, because there's no gift shop there that really talked about the piece or anything. So, when they came back from the trip I guess they googled 'enameling' or 'welding'—because this particular piece has enameling on it—and they came across my number."

Dante agreed to take the couple on as students, working with them over the course of two years to complete the piece, which she said was finally finished three weeks ago. Serendipitously, the last touches fell into place just before Holocaust Remembrance Day—Wednesday, May 1—and its accompanying event at the Boise State Capitol. As soon as she realized the confluence of events, Dante reached out to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, which helped secure a prominent spot for the sculpture to be displayed during Wednesday's event. In fact, the sculpture served as a backdrop for the midday ceremony at the Idaho Capitol's Lincoln Auditorium.

"It turned out so incredible that we thought we needed to share it with the public," said Dante, noting that the finished sculpture is about six inches wide and three feet long.

Those who may have missed the chance to see the sculpture will have the chance to visit  FireFusion Studio on First Thursday, May 2, where it will be on view before it's transported to its final home. The studio also plans to screen a slideshow, detailing the sculpture's creation. Dante added that the art piece will likely be a part of future events in Boise. 
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