Anish Kapoor Candles to Light Up UK's Auschwitz Liberation Commemorations

Hollowed out wax candles to be lit in 70 locations across Britain.

Artist Anish Kapoor, in London November 19, 2014.
Artist Anish Kapoor, in London November 19, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor has been commissioned to design huge candles to be placed around Britain to mark the 70 year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the International Business Times reported.

By Anish Kapoor, at the Billy Rose Garden, Israel MuseumCredit: Lolita Brayman

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust commissioned 70 hollowed out wax candles, marking the 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camp, to be lit in 70 locations across the country.

"I was very happy to get the commission," Kapoor told The Sunday Times. "Though my father was a Hindu and my mother Jewish, I feel more relaxed now about my own Jewishness.

"I accepted the commission because it is very important to remember the terrible things we do to human beings like murdering six million Jews in the Holocaust.

"I can recall from my own time spent in Israel as a teenager that quite a few people there had the concentration [camp] numbers still stamped on them. It is sometimes hard to memorialize the suffering."

The 60-year-old Kapoor said in the past that it was during his stay in Israel in the 1970s that he decided to become an artist. He left for Britain for that purpose in 1973, and has lived and worked in London since. In 2010, Kapoor's Turning the World Upside Down was commissioned by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Kapoor has in the past spoken forcefully against Israel's military occupation of the West Bank, calling the separation barrier a "crime against humanity," the International Business Times reported.

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