Destination = Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany -
Daniel Libeskind’s design is the winner of a competition in 1989 - the same year the Berlin Wall comes down - this his radical zigzag, windowless design resembling a shattered Star of David.
I'm standing a little shell-shocked, in the basement of this ultra-modern complex opened in 2001, me having wandered this edgy, arty city of World Wars, Cold Wars and even colder memories.
I turn a corner on a downward bound concrete ramp, this narrow canyoned path called the `Memory Void', and leading another 50m ahead, to end with the deadest of ends.
I stare down beside me in utter silence, at a sunken flowerbed on my left, the dishevelled stacks of 10,000 faces: piles of rusted steel plates a bed of steel discs, little and large, each with eyes wide and howling mouths. Noses are fearful and narrow. This is Menashe Kadishman's installation `Shalekhet', meaning `Fallen Leaves'.
I shiver, my breathing frozen in this oddly cold void, until my thoughts are fractured by kids chatting behind me, then footsteps as they run and jump up and on the mass of faces.
The kids run headlong on, and past me, black sneakers on rusted steel, their echoes the crunch of breaking bones.
Photo: Fallen Leaves - Jewish Museum, Berlin. Germany _ Ian Cochrane