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Skittles on the Ground

Mustafa Ozcicek's avatar Mustafa Ozcicek

This piece is created to show how many children and teens are being affected by gun violence incidents in one year, using data from the Gun Violence Archive. Despite the disconnection, the three pieces come together as one through the “bullets”, which cross over from piece to piece, ending with a depiction of Trayvon Martin. Although Trayvon is only one of the many children who have been a victim of gun violence, he is a symbol and figure that is recognizable to all audiences. The material, Skittles, was chosen to convey the artist’s message for two reasons. First, when Trayvon Martin was killed, he lay on the street, with recently bought skittles scattered around him. Second, they represent the innocence of children. Each piece has 2,939 skittles, representing the number of children and teens killed or injured in one year. There is a juxtaposition of the soft, sweet material representing the cold, hard, and blaring number of children killed or injured in this country each year.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 2inches
  • Medium: Skittles on Foamboard
  • Width: 160inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 36inches