Leonard Baskin: Sculpture

Leonard Baskin’s main focus throughout his life was sculpture: “My sculptures are memorials to ordinary human beings, gigantic monuments to the unnoticed dead: the exhausted factory worker, the forgotten tailor, the unsung poet… Sculpture at its greatest and most monumental is about simple, abstract, emotional states, like fear, pride, love and envy… Over the years I have developed a series of images of predatory birds and vicious human beings as well as producing a bizarre motley of iconic devices that say…BASKIN!”

Bronze Sculptures


Ann Arbor Holocaust Memorial

On the site of the First Jewish Cemetery in Michigan stands the Ann Arbor Holocaust Memorial, a 7-foot seated figure with a fist over its face and a hand raised to the sky. “It’s ambivalent,” said Baskin, “The figure is in some sort of misery, wrapped up entirely in himself.”