The product of our crane-making efforts—> this is where it’s heading!: http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/tohoku_rebuild
One Million Bones Project: You Should Participate!
This isn’t so much a how-to as a testimonial. I’ve been working with the Students Rebuild portion of the One Million Bones Project and it’s been a really great experience. This grass roots activist art project is raising awareness about genocide and other human rights violations worldwide. This summer, they will display one million hand made bones on the National Mall in D.C. First of all, the organization has been super helpful (I actually got a personalized email back from someone in a timely manner!) and flexible in working with me. I first did this project with the high school students I work with and then we reached out to a local elementary school and brought the project to them. We’ll be sending our finished bones off in a couple of weeks and I am so excited about it! We modified the project a little bit for the elementary schoolers. We worked with first graders, so we didn’t tell them that the project was about bringing awareness to genocide, but rather that we were making bones out of paper to remind us of all of the people who live very far away from us in other countries and other communities and how we are all connected to one another by this very basic thing that we have in common. They were able to handle most of the construction process with moderate help from us, though we did handle the wire wrapping portion, since it was a lot for them to manipulate. They were SO excited about participating in an art project that will be shown in Washington, D.C. that it actually made me more excited for this project.
It’s super cool and anyone can participate even if you don’t work at a school. If you’re a college student, you could do this at your college or university. Or if you have a kid maybe their teacher might be interested in doing this project in their classroom.
Check it out here: http://www.onemillionbones.org/students-rebuild/