TED Senior Fellow Naomi Natale launches One Million Bones

Posted by: Matthew Trost

On Sunday, Naomi Natale — installation artist, photographer, social activist and TED Senior Fellow — launched her latest project, One Million Bones. She writes:

One Million Bones is a fundraising art installation designed to recognize victims of present genocides. Our mission is to increase global awareness of these atrocities while raising the critical funds needed to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced and marginalized victims.

One Million Bones will represent victims of genocide, creating a visual demand for solutions to this issue. One million people will each create one bone to represent one victim. Installed together, these one million bones will flood the National Mall in Washington DC, unearthing the memory of these victims, while calling citizens to action.

Photos of the kickoff bone-making event:




Watch her TEDx talk from TEDxMidatlantic:

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Comments (1)

  • Jean Suhas commented on Mar 24 2010

    I think this is a great initiative to bring awareness among people in the world about the atrocities of genocides and at the same time raise funds to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced and marginalized victims. Indeed conflicts and political instability is one of the most challenging issue in the world.
    I believe that using bones to create a global awareness is a strong and creative way because it directly relates to the victims. I think humanitarian aid is also necessary.
    I think that you should share this initiative on the blog: http://www.ideas4development.org/ which is a place where scholars, students, professionals of various backgrounds and the public can share information, viewpoints and visions for the future with the common goal of advancing the cause of development.