Artists create sculptures for every Philadelphia homicide victim

One Year,” a new exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center promises a wire sculpture for every Philadelphia homicide victim of 2012.

According to

One Year is an exploration of the public apathy towards rising urban violence.

The wire creates beautifully intricate shapes to portray each loss as a complex individual, while each vessel’s shadow speaks to the inter-connectedness of victim/perpetrator, mourner/mourned, body/soul.

Artists Janice Hayes-Cha, Brenda Howell, Karen Hunter McLaughlin, Julie Mann and Kimberly Mehler are participating in the project, which will be on display through February 10th. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. A First Friday reception is scheduled for February 1st, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The installation was inspired by the action and resilience of Mothers in Charge, whose work transforms grief and aims to prevent this violence, according to

According to, 331 people were murdered in the city last year.

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