By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, June 7, 2013
Early Saturday morning, thousands of volunteers will converge on the Mall to begin laying out a carpet of hand--crafted human bones, in a socially conscious art installation that will remain on view through Monday afternoon. Called “One Million Bones,” the project is the brainchild of Naomi Natale, an Albuquerque--based photographer and artist specializing in large--scale installation and social--practice art.
Since 2010, Natale has been trying to raise awareness of genocide and mass killing in Sudan, Congo, Burma and Somalia by taking this somewhat grisly sounding display from city to city. She recruits local artists, students and activists to add to the ever--larger stock of handmade bones, which has grown to include ones fashioned from clay, plaster, wood, glass and many other materials.
Throughout the weekend, the event will include speakers, performances and a candlelight vigil from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, followed by an hour of quiet reflection.