In an arts-based effort to raise awareness of the gunfire epidemic in Georgia, NDPC is creating a public installation of over 1200 origami boxes – Soul Boxes – to represent Georgia residents killed and injured by guns in 2020. The boxes are being individually hand-tied onto 12 panels to be displayed first virtually, and when appropriate*, at the Georgia State Capitol and in other public venues. Ultimately these panels will be contributed to the permanent collection of the nationwide Soul Box Project.
Click here to read Co-Pastor David Lewicki’s January 14, 2020 statement on gun violence.
As of January 2021, we have completed our folding and memorializing, but we still need your help in the following ways:
Sign up to help tie boxes onto mesh panels the week of January 18-23 – click here for SignUpGenius
Embellish boxes with public service announcements, protests, prayers, or personal messages and art – drop off at church by January 22- click here for ideas and examples
To stay up-to-date, learn more, get involved, click here.
*Our January 27, 2021 display date at the Gold Dome is postponed due to health and safety conditions, as is the eventual display date for the national Soul Box exhibit, to which we will contribute our Georgia panels. Please share your contact information so we can keep you posted on updates.
We continue to read aloud the names of Georgia victims of death by gunfire during our online services on the third Sunday of every month. We have recently begun including photographs when available; our primary source is gunmemorial.org
We have also committed to create a Soul Box origami box memorial for each individual lost in 2020. These boxes are easy to make from two pieces of paper, and can be personalized with photos and data from gunmemorial.org and other media/obituary sources. We are creating boxes with general messages of compassion, protest, and calls for justice, as well as “unmarked” boxes to represent those who have experienced and witnessed shootings, and those whose names we will never know.
Video and print directions for folding boxes are available online at the project website.
Health and safety conditions permitting, we plan to display these memorials in a public art exhibit in Atlanta during the 2021 session of the Georgia Legislature. Dates and location will be posted here soon. In Spring 2021, we will contribute our boxes to a national display of over 200,000 Soul Boxes on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
All are welcome to contribute to this Georgia project. Video and print directions for folding boxes are available online at the project website. To make arrangements for dropping off boxes, or for more information, please contact us at [email protected]