Whittier Daily News: Public Art to focus on Holocaust

Public art to focus on Holocaust
Sculpture pays homage to property owners

By Araceli Esparza Staff Writer

SANTA FE SPRINGS - A local developer's tribute to Holocaust survivors promises to be a "signature piece" of art for the city and will be the final art piece surrounding the Golden Springs Industrial Park, officials announced.

"Fortitude," the latest sculpture by Colorado-based artist Dee Clements, specifically pays homage to property owners Ted and Heddy Orden of Beverly Hills.

"I think that this will be a destination point for people who want to see major pieces of public art," said City Manager Fred Latham. "These four pieces reflect something bigger than Santa Fe Springs; they reflect a contribution to humanity."

"Fortitude" will depict the Ordens, who survived the Holocaust and the Soviet-era communist regime, as well as symbols of their struggles and feats. The couple came to the United States after World War II and were involved in the gasoline distribution industry, officials said.

The artist's rendering calls for four bronze sculptures, including one of a couple representing the Ordens, emerging from a concrete archway that is embedded with images and quotes.

While it focuses on the Holocaust, "Fortitude" also provokes emotion, said Ana Alvarez, director of community services.

"It provides a moment to contemplate on human rights and on the human struggle, which is shared by all ethnicities and ethnic