Imagine a million bones placed on the National Mall in Washington DC. Ever since I watched a video of Naomi Natale speak about her One Million Bones project in 2010, the image of one million bones in the National Mall has lingered in the back of my mind. Over the past couple of years, I’ve crossed paths with Naomi several times either online or in person as she crisscrossed the country raising awareness of ongoing genocide and mass atrocities around the globe and encouraging students, teachers, activists, artists and others to create hand-made bones to be laid on the Mall in response.
In March, I had the opportunity to create a bone from newspaper and plaster gauze at a hands-on workshop sponsored by Naomi’s team at the 2013 NAEA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. That experience convinced me to head to Washington DC next week to participate in the installation of the bones in front of the Capitol Building. I’m looking forward to witnessing such a large-scale art installation.
Postscript: There will be a live webcast of the Million Bones installation on Saturday June 8th from 11:00 – Noon and 4:00 to 6:30 pm (EST).