MARCH 2018 • 9
One Million Bones are being unpacked and prepared to be carried to their final installation resting place. (Photos By Jay Hemphill)
One Million Bones Find a Home Invitation out for people to participate in art installment
ne Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice combining education, hands-on art making and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities. Over four years, the One Million Bones team collected handcrafted bones for a three-day installation event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on June 8-10, 2013. The one million bones collected were crafted by students, educators, artists and activists from around the world, and were laid out as a hopeful symbol of our common humanity. Each bone represents a call to action, a story and a voice. As a result of an Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts lecture given by One Million Bones founder Naomi Natale and project manager Susan McAllister at Western New Mex-
ico University in late September 2017, the One Million Bones project found a permanent home. When the partners in Bear Mountain Arts offered to host One Million Bones in a permanent installation at Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road in Silver City, lecture organizer Faye McCalmont facilitated the installation of One Million Bones in a meadow at Bear Mountain and is coordinating the ongoing effort to allow community members to create and place their own handcrafted bones at the site. “This project is the type of interdisciplinary project that will be integrated into Western New Mexico University’s evolving applied liberal arts and sciences curriculum,” WNMU Expressive Arts Department Chair Michael Metcalf said. On Saturday, March 10, the public is invited to participate
Participants place ceramic bones, part of the One Million Bones project, into place at their permanent home near Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City.
in the One Million Bones – Silver City project, which is being installed at its permanent site above Bear Mountain. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Community Day, people will gather to carry more of the handcrafted ceramic bones to the meadow where they’ll lay for eternity. Until every bone is placed,
people are 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 mindfully reject the recurrence of such evils. People travel from out of state
to participate, and some locals hike to the site — with packs full of ceramic bones — on a regular basis. Recently a horse pack train spent three days carrying 21,000 pounds of bones to the meadow. For information call 575-5386353 or email Jennifer.olson@ wnmu.edu.
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