Today, Cry Havoc Theater Company announced plans for " The Cenotaph, " a large - scale public art installation, which will honor victims of gun violence and be unveiled before the opening of its upcoming production of Babel at the AT & T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District this summer.
Friends and family members of victims, neighboring theater groups and volunteers across North Texas are now collecting shoes, which will be utilized to construct the piece. Following the event, they will be donated to nonprofits across North Texas. Each pair of shoes collected will represent an individual whose life is lost as a result of gun violence in the United States between January 1, 2018 and the opening night performance of Babel on July 6, 2018.
The group anticipates needing roughly 8,000 pairs of shoes to honor each individual. Named for tombs or monuments to individuals or groups whose bodies rest elsewhere, " The Cenotaph " is meant to give visitors a stunning visual and auditory experience, and those who have lost loved ones to gun violence a space of remembrance and reflection.