Barney Zeitz

Public Works, Memorials

RFD 595A
State Rd.
Vineyard Haven,Ma.
Martha's Vineyard
02568
(508) 693-9421
bz@bzeitz.com

Immigrant Memorial


The monument is over twelve feet tall. It is located in the Town of Plymouth in Brewster Gardens across from Plymouth Rock . Barney was chosen as a finalist from a drawing, and did a model as one of three finalists. He was awarded the commission, signed a contract, and started construction in February 2001. The Memorial was completed and installed in the Brewster Gardens on October 6th, 2001.

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Front The figure are forged from sheet stainless steel and welded to add texture and detail.
Work in progress Hand in the artist's studio
Detail Eagle at the top of the memorial
Detail Writing at base of Memorial. This technique was an innovation by Barney Zeitz. He cut the letters through the stainless steel plate 3/16". He welded backing plates, then filled the void with silicon bronze with the TIG welder, being careful not to overheat the edges. He then ground and polished the lettering to an even surface, and applied patina to darken the bronze. This lettering has the same hand hewn quality as the rest of the welded sculpture.
Model The sculpture started as a model, 24" tall and forged and welded stainless steel, done to one sixth scale. The actual monument is over twelve feet tall. Barney was chosen as a finalist from a drawing, and did the model as one of three finalists. He was awarded the commission, signed a contract, and started construction in February 2001. The techniques used for the memorial were the same as the model, but more detail was possible.
welding Image of welding for the Immigrant Memorial taken 04.04.01
Hand Detail Completed Hand
welding Image of welding for the Immigrant Memorial taken 04.04.01
Charcoal drawing Immigrant Memorial This charcoal drawing was entered into the competition to build a memorial to the immigrant population using the quote by Rev. Peter Gomes.
Beginning The beginning of the Immigrant Memorial full size. This section of the back is ten feet tall.
Details Taken 6-24-01
Dedication of Memorial Photographed at the Dedication of the Memorial
Details Taken 6-24-01
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