DREAMS (detail, child with bird's nest scarf)
This detail image shows a child with a scarf wrapped around his head
or neck, holding a cup and a brick of bread. The artist calls this the
"child with bird's nest scarf." This nameless child posed
for a photo that
the Nazi's ordered the Judenrat (Jewish Council, an administrative
organization to maintain order, each established by the Nazi's in every
ghetto) to create for a propaganda booklet on the ghetto in Kielce,
Poland. In the photo, the child is smiling.
can be seen in the website of the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C (Archives photo: Children
Kielce Ghetto, #03272).
Segan was immediately
drawn to the photo as the scarf has the look of a bird's nest. The scarf
was probably made from twine or cord. The Kielce ghetto was liquidated
between August 20-24, 1942. Children and adults who were ill had been
taken out of the ghetto and killed prior to the deportation.
wing is not technically a wing, but the tail of a Seattle pigeon found
by the artist in 1998 on Alaskan Way by the Seattle waterfront downtown.
The artist did not draw the entire tail, leaving a section (seen at
upper left) "incomplete" for compositional effect.