One Million Bones Project, a large-scale social arts practice, combining education, hands-on art making, and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities worldwide is now permanently installed at Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Community Day, individuals and groups are invited to participate in the project by carrying the handcrafted ceramic bones to the meadow where the bones will lay for eternity. “Until each bone is placed, everyone is encouraged to visit the lodge, load up a bag, and make the peaceful trek to the bones’ permanent resting spot. It’s a hands-on way to remember victims of genocide and mass atrocities and also mindfully reject the recurrence of such evils,” said Faye McCalmont, Special Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs.
The installation will create a space for reflection and thought. Participants should bring water, gloves and backpacks. Walking pieces of the installation uphill will take about 45 minutes roundtrip.
Dedication Day will be April 14, 2018.