Although they may not look like surgeons, Saturday was a day for Vermonters to trade in a scalpel for sculpting tools, in order to construct the perfect bone from the human body.
"The idea is to make bones that actually represent bones that would be in your body and they suggest making bones similar to your size," said Nancy Hellen, Vermont coordinator for One Million Bones. But theses clay models are just a few pieces that make up an even bigger picture.
"A huge difficult problem like genocide can feel totally overwhelming. And therefore you kind of of freeze and feel like you can't do anything about it," said Hellen. The One Million Bones project is a global effort working towards stopping atrocities and genocides from repeating. The project requires a worldwide contribution of handmade bones to be sent to Washington D.C. for a display on the National Mall.
"It can be very moving to see your little part become part of a whole big movement," said Shelburne artist, Robyn Woodworth. The clay can be crafted into any bone in the human body. So far, Vermont has totaled at $4,000 bones, hoping to send $7,000 to Washington D.C. by June.
"I hope that the energy and emphasis on dealing with people and crisis in a more proactive way will continue to be voiced and be heard by our governments," said Hellen. Voices heard through an art project bringing the world together one bone at a time. The bones are being displayed June 8th through the 10th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
For more information on the project and how you can help: http://www.onemillionbones.org/