National Building Museum

Online Program: Memorializing the Victims of Gun Violence

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Gun Violence Memorial ProjectLearn about the design, purpose, and meaning of the Gun Violence Memorial Project. The gun violence epidemic in America claims 100 lives every single day. Looking to create urgency and drive change, the Gun Violence Memorial Project, designed by MASS Design Group, features four houses built of 700 glass bricks, with each brick representing a victim of gun violence, and each house representing the average number of American lives taken by gun violence each week. The Memorial Project invites family members to contribute stories and remembrance objects to be housed in a glass brick, as a way of honoring their loved ones. As part of National Gun Violence Survivors Week, Jha D Williams, Senior Associate from MASS Design Group; Pam Bosley, Mother of Terrell Bosley, and Annette Nance-Holt, Mother of Blair Holt, Co-founders of Purpose over Pain, and Debbie Weir, Senior Managing Director for Organizing and Engagement, Everytown for Gun Safety, honor lives taken and discuss the memorial and the act of transforming the narrative of gun violence. 

The National Building Museum presents the exhibition, which will be freely available to all Museum visitors, as a complement to Justice is Beauty: The Work of MASS Design Group. Both will be on view when the Museum opens to the public later this year.

UPDATE: View the recording of this program on the exhibition page.

This program is presented free of charge. In lieu of a program fee, we ask for your support of the National Building Museum. Your donation to the Annual Fund will enable the Museum to adapt to these changing times and plan for our reopening. Thank you!

The Gun Violence Memorial Project installation is made possible by:

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Additional support provided by John Means and Rebecca Ballard, Robert Holleyman and Bill J. Keller, McInturff Architects, and Arentz Landscape Architects, LLC.

Justice is Beauty: The Work of Mass Design Group is made possible with support provided by:

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Image: Gun Violence Memorial Project installation, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Illinois, 2019. © MASS Design Group 

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