One Million Bones on National Mall This Weekend

Art installation aims to raise genocide awareness

Saturday, Jun 8, 2013  |  Updated 12:27 PM EDT
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Some of the art installation's clay "bones" on the National Mall Saturday.

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Thousands of volunteers are laying out 1 million handmade replicas of human bones on the National Mall as a symbolic mass grave and a call to action to end genocide.

The artistic installation is being created Saturday and will be on view through Monday.

Artist Naomi Natale designed the large-scale installation and led students, artists and activists in creating the bones. She organized more than 100 installations nationwide, leading up to the Washington event.

It's meant to honor those who died in genocides and those still fighting to survive. Organizers are focused on killings in Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Myanmar and Somalia. The bones are made of clay, paper, glass, steel and other materials.

Speeches are planned for Saturday afternoon. A candlelight vigil is planned for Sunday evening.

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