Originally posted April 04, 2013

Dovetail is proud to partner with Olson Kundig Architects (OKA) on April's installation for their [storefront] project entitled "One in a Million." The project runs through the month of April.  [storefront] is located at 406 Occidental Ave., Seattle, WA, 98104.

[storefront] is an experimental work place for Olson Kundig Architects’ community collaborations, pro-bono design work, philanthropic and volunteer work, and design research and development of design ideas.

This month's installation, "One in a Million," is part of Naomi Natale's One Million Bones project.

One Million Bones is a large-scale social art practice, utilizing education and hands-on art-making to raise awareness about current genocides and atrocities taking place worldwide. The project is collecting handmade sculptural bones for a collaborative installation of 1,000,000 bones to be displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from June 8th-10th, 2013. This installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember victims and survivors, and as a visible petition to raise awareness of issues and call upon our government to take much needed and long overdue action.

The project also reflects one of Dovetail's core values, connecting our wealth of talent and resources to that of the larger community. One Million Bones is a perfect opportunity to serve our community. Artist Naomi Natale partners with Students Rebuild, a non-profit organization that mobilizes young people worldwide to connect, learn and take action on critical global issues. Together, they are partnering with the local Bezos Family Foundation, which is matching $1 for each bone created up to a total of $500,000. OKA contacts Dovetail. A little brainstorming, a couple of meetings, and in the span of a few days, a powerful space is built to raise awareness about global genocide. 

This project combines art, craft, and building, bringing together community to making bones with our own hands and give voice to those that can no longer speak. Our individual efforts here in Seattle make their way to the other Washington where they will become larger, where they will speak with a power that so often eludes us.

As builders, we have a chance to reach beyond the typical scope of "construction." We positively impact our community and contribute to a global artistic discourse. It's part of what Dovetail is about. It makes us proud to be building with craft, quality and heart.

If you have an idea on how to unify and leverage the talents of our design and build communities - hit us up. A special thanks to all involved for giving us this incredible opportunity.

Here is a short powerful video describing the project and chronicling the "One Million Bones" event that place in Albuquerque. Take a look. And then come down and help us sculpt some bones!