Can you envision the number 116,000?
That many grains of sand? that many balloons? that many people?
Can you envision 116,000 killed or injured by gun use in 2016-17? Ohio Stadium, pictured here, holds only106,000 people. With numbers so big and the incidents so common have we begun looking away from the enormity?
When first encountering news of the Las Vegas shooting [10/17] how many of us thought "I don't want to read this again", and went on with the day? Later when we learned this incident was a massacre how many of us woke in the night thinking "What can we DO?"
Our idea is to make a mind-boggling, heart-wrenching VISUAL STATEMENT revealing the number of gun violence victims using something very simple: little paper origami boxes, each one representing one life, one soul gunned down. This is a SOUL BOX.
Imagine thousands upon thousands of individual boxes, sent in from all over the USA and then displayed in dramatic national statements-- each box made by a man, woman, or child who has stepped up to say: No more. We will not forget. We will not look away. You are loved.
Imagine huge displays of Soul Boxes appearing in public places: libraries, shopping malls, the halls of Congress or even an NRA convention. If these traveling displays cause a few people to lock up their guns, write their representatives, or talk about anger management, the Soul Box Project will have succeeded.
Big Idea? Sure. But it has to start somewhere and you could be part of that start-up. Once thousands of boxes are coming in there will need to be decisions about the Project's parameters and funding but right now all that's needed are two squares of paper and some time to contemplate lost lives.
To keep it simple we have chosen a lidded box sized 3 x 3 x 1.5 inches because it can be made from two 8.5 inch squares of letter paper.
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Your generous donation will enable us to to continue the SOUL BOX Project's start-up. Thank you! This project is a non-profit organization with pending legal tax status.
USE THE BUTTON BELOW or MAIL DONATIONS to: SOUL BOX, PO Box 19900 Portland OR 97280.