A pop-up exhibit currently in downtown Chicago called “The Unforgotten,” is a project of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. The exhibit highlights victims of gun violence in Chicago and throughout Illinois.
Artists carefully studied images and videos of victims in order to create lifelike statues of them. Some statues are wearing clothing from the victims.
The statues were commissioned to remind viewers of the humanity of the victims. They remain faceless to remind viewers that while the statues are lifelike, the victim is permanently lost.
“It does (convey) the message that my daughter was once here and she is no longer here,” Bonita Foster, the mother of a shooting victim, told the RedEye.
Photo: Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence