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Photos: Jenny Holzer’s Gut-Wrenching Gun Violence Projections Cover Rockefeller Center

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Artist Jenny Holzer’s VIGIL, a series of light projections that address gun violence in America, debuted in Rockefeller Center on Thursday night. The large-scale text—and the experiences and messages delivered therein—will now be a focal point in the bustling Midtown spot through October 12th, offering a devastating look at the gun violence epidemic through personal accounts.




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The project magnifies the voices of those affected by gun violence, and Creative Time (who worked with Holzer on the project), noted in a statement that this is achieved by bringing “first-hand accounts, poems, and responses by Americans who have experienced the everyday reality of gun violence” to the iconic buildings, in a font size that makes it all but impossible not to see.

Both stark and kind, the work serves as a vigil for victims of gun violence and an acknowledgement of the regularity with which these incidents occur. Holzer included selected texts from Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, stories from Moments that Survive, collected by Everytown for Gun Safety, and poems by teens growing up in a nation affected by shootings in their communities and schools.

Holzer’s work will appear every night at 8 p.m. (until 10 p.m.) through October 12th.



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