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National Mall Sculpture Installation Includes UT Student Creations

Ceramic bones cover the National Mall

A million ceramic and biodegradable bones are installed on the National Mall to represent lives lost to genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. Over three thousand bones were made by UT students and community members. Photo credit: Karen Roderick-Lingeman

 

Senior Lecturer Karen Roderick-Lingeman and Professor of Art Tom Lingeman traveled to Washington, D.C. in June to deliver and install nearly 3000 ceramic bones made in Toledo to an international art installation on the National Mall called “One Million Bones.” Participants from across the world contributed bone sculptures in an effort to raise awareness of the scale of the loss of life in ongoing genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.

Beginning last fall, Roderick-Lingeman worked with her students in 3D Fundamentals of Form to create hundreds of ceramic bones. The campus community was engaged during an afternoon of bone-making on Centennial Mall, in front of the Student Union, with her class and with Adam Shiverdecker and his Ceramics I students.

To extend the reach of One Million Bones locally, Roderick-Lingeman and her students set up on-site studios for members of the public to make bones during community events, like the UpTown Association’s PARK(ING) DAY, the Arts Commission’s Holiday Loop gallery hop, and at Artomatic 419.

During the 2011-12 school year, students in the University’s residential Arts Living Learning Community, led by director Kate Abu-Absi and Lecturer Jeanne Kusina, made more than a thousand bones to contribute to the project.

From June 8-10, the bones, made of ceramic or other biodegradable materials, were ceremonially installed by hundreds of volunteers dressed all in white.

For more information, visit the project’s website.