Vietnam Era Memorial
The Vietnam Era Memorial of Martha's Vineyard
was designed and built with the idea that all viewpoints of those
difficult times would be aknowledged. The committee, which gathered
support and did the fundraising, was made up of both disabled Vietnam
veterans and protesters against the war. This memorial tries to make a
statement about the realities of war. Depending on where the viewer
stands, it is hoped that one will feel pride looking up at the griffen,
vulnerability when seeing the ribcage, protection or lack of it with
the shield, and the emptiness that each one of us has felt at times in
our lives when looking up to the hollow side of the griffen.
location for this sculpture is on a very busy intersection where walking
and car traffic can approach and move around the work. Its location
is at the very heart of the community and the artist and the committee
received the support of the American Legion, All-Island Clergy, Vineyard
peace council and the League of Women Voters. Funds were contributed
from banks, insurance companies, and private donors. At the grassroots
level funds were raised with a raffle.
The fabrication of this scupture is all forged and welded stainless
steel and iron. Barney Zeitz used gas and electic welding equiptment,
and hand tools.