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Congratulations to Patrick Hawkey

Posted: June 19, 2015

Congratulations to Patrick Hawkey, Y12, who has won the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre Art & Writing Contest in the Visual Arts Category.

Patrick constructed a sculpture replica of a carriage part.  He explains his pieces:

Preserved. Multimedia Sculpture.

Dan Pagis, a poet and Holocaust survivor, wrote a poem called, ‘Written in Pencil in a Sealed Railway-Car’. At first glance the poem conveys both the pain and terror of the Holocaust in a myriad of ways. But the title itself had given me a whole backdrop as a artist to work with. A mother desperately looking for her lost son, in a carriage full of weary bodies, packed in like a Sardine. While a horrific fate awaits her, as she unintentionally leaves testimony. Although Pagis concocted a piece of fiction, my piece aims to cement it as fact. Through recreating the poem scrawled wall, the salvaged wreckage, a remnant of history, the viewer should realise that the Holocaust, and any Human Rights abuse, is a modern problem that’s far from over.

You can view his artwork on YouTube: