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No. 14 Zakar (To Remember)

Design: Roxana Nizza, Canyon Lake, TX

Smalti mosaic, gold smalti, mixed media, 2021

It has been an honor to be asked to participate in the memorial mosaic project to commemorate the eleven lives lost, their families and the community of The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. This piece is titled “Zakar” which means “To Remember.”

“To zakar is to employ your hands, and feet and lips to engage in whatever action that remembrance requires” (Chad Bird). In the Tree of Life, there are eleven acorn caps representing each of the victims. The acorn caps represent perseverance, and the gold represents purity.