Chalk bodies in Center City tell stark story
On Saturday, to give the public a picture of the carnage, artists working with Arcadia University's International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program will sketch 9,000 chalk body outlines along JFK Boulevard in Center City. The grim reminder of gun violence is expected to stretch across four lanes for 10 blocks.
Citizens are invited to attend and even sketch an outline to remember a relative or friend lost to gun violence. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. as part of the United Nations' International Day of Peace and Peace Day Philly. At noon, participants will pause to observe a moment of silence. A candlelight vigil will cap the day at 7 p.m. at 30th Street and JFK Boulevard.
"American Casualties: A Chalk Drawing" is the vision of artist Peter Quinn, an art professor at Montgomery County Community College. Amy Cox, director of Arcadia's IPCR program, is organizing the effort. Quinn did a similar display in Philly in May.
- Dana DiFilippo