Relics Of Violence

Some 7000 donated shoes evoke human loss in Cry Havoc's new art installation

The teen theater company, Cry Havoc, has been developing a play about gun violence called “Babel.” More than that, they’ve built a set for their play as a public art installation anyone can see – without the show.  The room-sized artwork uses video projections – plus lots and lotsof shoes.

At Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House, volunteers sort through huge piles of donated shoes on the floor. Some 7000 shoes.

“There’s sneakers, there’s flip-flops,” says Bart McGeehon, “there’s women’s high heels, there’s hiking boots. There’s baby shoes, a lot of children’s shoes.”

Gun violence, he adds, “touches us all.”