Through my work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, I came to learn about a really interesting exhibition that will be showing (taking place is probably a better description) in Shotover Country Park, in Horspath, Oxfordshire, UK.
The exhibiton, entitled The Woods, Breathing is a public art installation created as part of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th 2010. The work comprises 250 labels attached to stands, each featuring words taken from two books: one, the Diary of Adam Czerniakow, the second a book Czerniakow read whilst in the Warsaw Ghetto. The labels will be placed along the route of the Yellow Trail in Shotover Country Park and will be in place between 27th January and 8th February 2010.
The exhibition is the work of Nicholas Hedges. Although I’ve never met Nicholas before, nor have I seen his work in person, the materials that he has on his website intrigue me. Using the beauty and solitude of quiet woods to ponder life in the Warsaw Ghetto promises to be a moving experience.
Unfortunately for me, I will be in the USA for Holocaust Memorial Day, but I would recommend this event to all. Shotover Park is a lovely spot of woods, set on a big hill overlooking Oxford from the east.
The promotional flyer for exhibition was used with permission from N. Hedges.