Skittles on the Ground is an data visualization project that I have created for one of my classes at SCAD. These there pieces are created to show how many children and teens are being affected by gun violence incidents in one year, using data from the Gun Violence Archive. Despite the disconnection, the three pieces come together as one through the “bullets”, which cross over from piece to piece, ending with a depiction of Trayvon Martin. Although Trayvon is only one of the many children who have been a victim of gun violence, he is a symbol and figure that is recognizable to all audiences. The material, Skittles, was chosen to convey the artist’s message for two reasons. First, when Trayvon Martin was killed, he lay on the street, with recently bought skittles scattered around him. Second, they represent the innocence of children. Each piece has 2,939 skittles, representing the number of children and teens killed or injured in one year. There is a juxtaposition of the soft, sweet material representing the cold, hard, and blaring number of children killed or injured in this country each year.
This video shows the human interaction with the three pieces laying on the ground.
The project is selected to be exhibited at ArtPrize 2017, an open, independently organized international art competition and festival held annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The artwork will be exhibited in the City Water Building by The Richard App Gallery
For further information: artprize.org/66426
Design: Mustafa Ozcicek
Data Source: gunviolancearchive.org
Special Thanks to Trudy Abadie-Mendia (Graphic design professor), Hannah Johnson, Furkan Bozgoz, Vivek Durgam, Paola Baiz, Shelly Johnson.