Here’s how you can help raise awareness of the gunfire epidemic in Georgia: join us as we create a public installation of over 1200 origami boxes – Soul Boxes – to represent Georgia residents killed and injured by guns in 2020. We plan to display 12 panels of these boxes at the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday, January 27, 2021*, and we need assistance with the following:
Folding origami boxes for the Soul Box Project
Memorializing Soul Boxes with names of identified victims of gun violence
Embellishing Soul Boxes with public service announcements, protests, prayers, or personal messages and art
Assembling panels of Soul Boxes
Contributing financially to associated costs for mounting the Georgia Soul Box Display, including display materials, transportation, mailings, etc.
Staying up to date on this effort to raise awareness of the gunfire epidemic in Georgia
*Our January 27, 2021 display date at the Gold Dome is tentative pending 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]