Proposal Synopsis: Thousands of lights in the shapes of human shadows represent civilians lost during the Iraqi conflict. Hidden stage lights project the images of bodies into public spaces throughout the United States. The lights shine throughout the day so that images slowly appear as daylight recedes. The only signage is the projected message: "As many as 97,000 civilians have died from violence in Iraq since 2003." The light installation will begin on March 19 and last 6 days, representing each year of the war. Each month the installation will reappear for 24 hours to remind people that civilians are still dying in Iraq. The amount of bodies will continue to increase as does the death toll.
The lights are an evocative gesture meant to enlighten and spiritually inspire people. Visitor's shadows will interact with the lights, creating a forum where Americans engage with Iraqis on the same physical plane. Body-shaped lights express that the human spirit is immortal. The changing light opacities imply that casualties often fade from the consciousness of the living.
Artist's Biography: Emily Levitan is a graduate student in the department of landscape architecture at the University of Georgia.
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