FlashLIGHT 10/30 A Public Memorial for Youth Gun ViolenceOctober 20th, 2010
Title: FlashLIGHT 10/30 A Public Memorial for Youth Gun Violence
Location: Thompson Center Plaza, 100 West Randolph St.
Description: A public light memorial of 216 pumpkins, each one representing a child lost this past year due to gun violence in the Thompson Center Plaza in downtown Chicago. Community members will sign-up before the event to bring a carved pumpkin with a victims name and age to the event to be lit. The pumpkins will be roughly oriented on the ground according to the area of the city where the shooting took place. After one hour of being lit for observers to see, the pumpkins, like the childrens lives, will be blown out one at a time, until all that remains is the 216 darkened pumpkins. Local organizations, such as Ceasefire Chicago and the Illinois Council on Handgun Violence, that are working to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence will be discuss the problem at hand and offer up ways to create change. This project was conceived by local area designer, Aislinn Dewey with organizational support from Lynn Hodges, Tristan Hummel and sponsorship by Human Thread. Event partners include Kids Off the Block, Ceasefire Chicago, Grace Media Group, Illinois Council for Handgun Violence, and Woman Made Gallery.
Start Time: 20:00
End Time: 21:00