Artist Vija Celmins emigrated to the United States from Latvia just after World War II. During the war, her family spent a few years in Esslingen, [East] Germany. The sculpture Cilmens made in the late 1960s replicated objects she had watched destroyed by war.
House #1, made in 1965, is a miniature replica of a building consumed by fire caused by aerial bombings. The fox fur, now faded with age, suggests the gingered tendrils and heat of fire.