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Students’ genocide art work at museum

Southampton eighth-graders are participating in the One Million

Southampton eighth-graders are participating in the One Million Bones project, which focuses attention on the millions of people killed in genocides past and present. (March 20, 2012) Credit: Heather Walsh

More than 725 clay bones representing genocide victims are on display this month at the Watermill Center.

The bones were made by Melissa Mitchell’s eighth-grade class at the Southampton Intermediate School as part of the national One Million Bones project.

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., One Million Bones is the brainchild of artist Naomi Natale, who spearheaded a similar exhibit in 2006 called the Cradles Project, for children orphaned by AIDS. Volunteers from all over the country are making by hand bones of clay, wood and other materials to represent those lost in genocides, from the Holocaust to modern-day genocides in Africa and the Middle East.

The bones made by the Southampton students eventually will be sent to Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2013 for display, along with others, on the National Mall.

“It’s very tranquil and moving when you are standing on the edge of this trail of bones,” Mitchell said of the local exhibit.

The bones will be on display until June 30 at The Watermill Center, 39 Water Mill Towd Rd., Water Mill, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on two Saturdays, June 9 and 23, from 11 a.m. to noon.

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