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Politically Charged Installation of One Million "Bones" in DC

A massive art installation took place on the National Mall on June 8th known as One Million Bones. The public piece welcomed the hands of young and old to fill the grassy areas with handmade “bones.” Matthew Remington, a Masters candidate in art education at the University of Texas in Austin, describes the project as “a social action art installation designed to increase awareness about ongoing genocides and human rights violations that are still going on in the world today.”

The visually impactful piece features one million bone-shaped structures that are made out of clay, plaster, paper, and other sculpting materials as a symbolic mass grave, referencing the lives that have been lost at the hand of violent atrocities. The project, led by artist Naomi Natale, is a collaborative effort amongst artists, activists, and students from around the globe. Thousands of volunteers have made it possible and the project proudly states that “over 250,000 people in all 50 states and the District of Colombia as well as  over 30 countries have participated.”

Top photo credit: Teru Kuwayama

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Photo credit: Karon Flage

Photo credit: Karon Flage

Photo credit: Davo Muttiah

Photo credit: Davo Muttiah

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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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