Over the weekend June 8-10, bones covered National Mall Saturday morning to call attention to genocides and mass atrocities around the world.
Organizers of the One Million Bones project have been collecting handcrafted bones from around the country for the past three years. It grew out of a 50,000-bone art installation in Albuquerque. The larger project is aimed at sharing the experience with people across the country.
Some of those bones were crafted by students in the Pikes Peak region.
Doherty High School students transformed pounds of lumpy clay into more than 2,000 bones. Read more about their efforts here.
Others in the area also contributed. Colorado students contributed about 7,000 pieces. Bones were displayed temporarily in state capitols before they are taken to Washington, D.C., for the main installation.