50,000 bones make a silent statement
Usually, this many bones in one place is the worst thing imaginable. But this mass grave is a thing of beauty and hope, handmade by people who want to make a difference.
Storified by Kat Schroeder · Mon, Apr 09 2012 15:11:51
Edited 9 April, 12:10pm, to correct details of donation generation.
This is the story of 51,230 bones, laid out in Congo Square, New Orleans on 7 April, 2012. A preview of 2013’s National Mall installation of One Million Bones, through @StudentsRebuild will bone will generate $1–up to $500,000–for @CARE’s humanitarian efforts in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
@onemillionbones 50,000 Bones preview installation on April 7 in New Orleans: http://onemillionbones.squarespace.com/new-orleans/ http://pic.twitter.com/wn9lz1odSites of Conscience
Just how does one get 50,000 bones packed up and moved to where one needs them? Inquiring minds want to know.
One Million Bones — BLOG6 days ago … I hope that I don’t jinx us, but I really want to share this: For the last 15 days in a row, some mention of One Mil…
.@OneMillionBones set to lay 50,000 bones in New Orleans’ Congo Square on Saturday; seeking volunteers: http://bit.ly/HxDwJySilicon Bayou News
A much smaller preview of the Congo Square installation:
One million bones. http://pic.twitter.com/Kxsqj2gMKia Johnson
It was heartening to see the number of people promoting the event:
Community Sevice “One Million Bones” is this Saturday from 10- 4 at Louis Armstrong Park. See you all thereC-100 | Dillard
Come join us and our partner OMB tomorrow, April 7th, as hundreds of people from around New Orleans gather in Congo Square to lay down 50,000 handmade bones; honoring victims and survivors of ongoing conflicts in D.R. Congo, Sudan and Somalia. http://artfullyaware.org/onemillionbonesArtfully Aware
This next post was tweeted and re-tweeted–NOLA Defender was a great resource for us:
One Million Bones to be laid down in Congo Square tomorrow. Details: http://bit.ly/IcRvG8 #NOLANOLA Defender
@FallingWhistles RT @FleurtyGirl @NolaDefender One Million Bones to be laid down in Congo Square tomorrow. http://bit.ly/IcRvG8 #NOLAsheree
RT @sigfest This is a must see RT @noladefender: One Million Bones to be laid down in Congo Square tomorrow. Details: http://t.…CongoRT
One Million Bones To Lay 50,000 Bones in Congo Square This Saturday: By Molly Oehmichen This Saturday, April 7th… http://bit.ly/IfDkiUNolaVie
Food and music. Gets ’em every time…
RT @spokenbeats: One Million Bones event @ Armstrong tomorrow, 10–5. You should come out. Free food and music. http://www.facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=meMh93%2FO708FL2eMnqKIyg#!/events/210689879031314/DaiN
And then NOLA.com got in the action–another big info site helping us out!
One Million Bones Project to make a statement in Congo Square http://bit.ly/IhCQfMNOLA.com
One Million Bones Project to make a statement in Congo Square — more at http://medical-discussions.com/Freelance Journalist
One Million Bones Project this SAT 11:am in Congo Square calls attention to deaths is Congo and elsewhere in Africa http://bit.ly/HERqtJNew Orleans *for you
People who were actually planning to GO to the event–we like them lots!!
Today’s plans: Cheering on friends who are running in the Crescent City Classic; One Million Bones; Slutwalk; my anniversary toast!uǝןɐʞ
Going to TED Fellow Naomi Natale’s One Million Bones event in Congo Square in NOLA today! http://bit.ly/Hvmj8hCandy Chang
With all the people talking about the event, I started to get impatient to see what was going on…
#1in1million NOLA peeps: upload your pics! @StudentsRebuild @OneMillionBones wants everyone to see them #congosquare #50kNOLAStudents Rebuild
…and the first pictures started showing up. Now is was getting exciting… and beautiful.
One Million Bones Community Service Project http://instagr.am/p/JH3gHpExU9/Jerome Bailey
This picture was exceptionally popular, and was copied by a number of people.
At Congo Square for the One Million Bones genocide art installation event. #NOLA #OneMillionBones http://twitpic.com/96txwouǝןɐʞ
Community Service “One Million Bones” http://pic.twitter.com/Mp7dg5GaC-100 | Dillard
Hey sr team! Ill tweet you some pics! @studentsrebuild #50knola http://pic.twitter.com/kxYCRVd6Kathleen McEuen
NOLA.com could have just tipped their hat to us on Friday and called it good, but they also plugged us on Saturday, which was above and beyond the call of duty.
One Million Bones project raises awareness of humanitarian crises around the world http://bit.ly/In5oV0NOLA.com
one million bones yesterday: http://twitpic.com/976g8tjennifer hood
Too many bones to fit horizontally, apparently…
Hey sr team! Check out #50knola http://pic.twitter.com/DnIzXiAzKathleen McEuen
The whole installation was recorded, and is soon to be a time-lapse video.