Public Works, Memorials
sculpture was commissioned by the Walter Suskind Foundation for the
Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston. Walter Suskind was a
Dutch citizen who smuggled 1200 children out of a daycare center in
Amsterdam during the Holocaust before he was killed by the Nazis. Fifty
years later, this foundation was started to honor his heroism by
bringing city children to the Wang Center (Young At Arts) to work with
professionals in drama, painting and writing.
Zeitz was asked to design a sculpture to honor Walter Suskind to be
placed in a marble niche in the lobby. There was a poem written on the
back wall of the niche, and Barney suggested taking the poem off the
wall and incorporating it into the design of the sculpture. He tried to
symbolize what sacrifice Suskind made to save the children by having a
metal shield in front of a glass shield. The poem goes from a dark,
difficult feeling on the metal shield, to a hopeful, more positive
feeling on the glass shield. Zeitz tried to build the sculpture using
suggestions from the poem. "I feel the fingertips of your outstretching
The metal fabrication is all hand cut, forged, and welded
steel. Zeitz applied bronze to the surface of the steel with torches.
The stained glass is fused and slumped onto a steel mold.