STREET TROLLEY CAR in the WARSAW GHETTO
a photo in the book The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - 45th Anniversary
(Interpress, Warsaw, 1988) this drawing became the first drawing of the
Under the Wings of God © series. The photo is in the
chapter "Life in the Ghetto."
The artist was struck
by the three figures: the conductor and two men on either side of the
of the front of the trolley, all of whom, he contemplated, probably went
up in smoke in the gas chambers or died in the ghetto, itself a concentration
camp where over one-hundred thousand people died in 1941. The trolley
itself would have been removed by the Nazi's for its valuable metal.
Ulica (Polish for street) Muranowska was a well-known street in the old
Jewish quarter of Warsaw. After drawing the trolley, Segan was transfixed
by its innocence surrounded by the white
space of the drawing paper, and decided to add wings. The two wings were
drawn on subsequent visits to the Burke Museum of Natural History at the
University of Washington in Seattle. After completing the wings he had
his photographer take a photo, and he made an 8x10" black and white
print. It reproduced so well at that size that Segan decided to create
a drawing series based on archival and family photos.