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This Loss We Carry

Leslie Lee's avatar Leslie Lee

"This Loss We Carry" is a national community art project designed by artist Leslie Lee. It is made of handmade, origami “Soul Boxes” folded and embellished by people all over the U.S. to visualize the scale of the U.S. gunfire epidemic. The 8,800 Soul Boxes on display in ArtPrize illustrate the number of men, women, and children shot in Michigan in just three years. On average, about half of the individuals shot in Michigan--and nationwide--are injured. Half are killed. Of the deaths, 60% are suicides. Gun violence, defense, and accidents kill the rest. Individuals and groups in 39 states have made 200,000 SOUL BOXES TO BE EXHIBITED ON THE NATIONAL MALL, October 16-17--shortly after Art Prize closes. Join the event! Learn more at SoulBoxProject.org.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 1.5 in
  • Medium: paper on flexible mesh panels
  • Width: 50 ft
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 20 ft