BRINATHURSTON

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September 26, 2012 - I was living in a converted rail station in the Moabit district in Berlin. The old depot, which had not been in use for decades, is now an artist residency and park. The residency inspired several new works but this particular one became my first memorial. It was Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, and I found that on that day I would create something that would commemorate the thousands of lives that had traveled on those tracks behind the depot during the Holocaust.

It is Jewish tradition to place a rock on the gravestone of a deceased family member when visiting the cemetery. The new park had created a hill covered in grass and erected a long solid concrete red wall on top of it to block the noise of the trains. I used this wall as the platform for stones I had gathered in the park. I spent the day placing stones along the wall until the entire wall was lined.

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