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“When we do something with our hands, it changes the way we feel, which changes the way we think, which changes the way we act.” • Carl Wilkens
I know it’s a little after the fact, but I wanted to share these photos from last weekend’s incredible One Million Bones installation on the National Mall in Washington DC. Organized and presented by The Art of Revolution, a non-profit organization that uses art to inspire creative action towards social change, the One Million Bones Project and National Mall installation brought thousands of volunteers to Washington last Saturday to place over a million handmade and fabricated bones on the Mall in a “massive grave site” intended to raise awareness of ongoing genocide and mass atrocities around the globe. The event was the culmination of over three years of work by the One Million Bones staff, volunteers and partner organizations inspired by the creative vision of Naomi Natalie, an installation artist, photographer, and social practice artist. Through hands-on art making workshops staged in all 50 states and over 30 countries, well over 100,000 participants including teachers, students, artists, community groups, and social activists made bones from clay, plaster and other materials that eventually ended up in the Mall installation. While such a large-scale public art project may not end genocide, it did create a powerful and poignant visual reminder of the impact of mass violence and its heavy toll worldwide.
See a stunning overhead photograph of the ‘One Million Bones’ installation taken by Teru Kuwayama.