The Soul Box Project was created by Leslie Lee, a Portland, Oregon, studio artist who wanted to take action after hearing about the Las Vegas music festival shooting in 2017. The Soul Box Project raises awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic by counting and honoring victims, offering healing participation to those seeking solace, and providing dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer, more civil society. On October 16-17, 2021, The Soul Box Project exhibited 200,000 Soul Boxes on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At that time, this represented the number of people killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. in just three years.