This Loss We Carry
On October 16, 2021, the Soul Box Project’s vision became reality when we exhibited our largest memorial memorial to date, providing a dramatic visual for the incomprehensible number of 200,000 people killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. in fewer than three years.
Within this exhibit, almost 36,000 Soul Boxes represented the number of U.S. gunfire deaths in just one year. This selection of Boxes was exhibited on 800 linear feet of display panels under an open pavilion spanning the width of the Mall. Visitors were able to get up close to view these small, poignant memorials personalized with names, messages and compelling artwork.
Hundreds of volunteers carried the additional 164,000 Soul Boxes onto the Mall in solemn processions, enabling visitors to comprehend the full scale of U.S. gunfire deaths and injuries in just under three years.
The title of this exhibit, This Loss We Carry, is an apt description of how we can honor the many lives torn apart by the gunfire epidemic, echoing similar words from Amanda Gorman’s 2021 inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb.”