Monday, July 23, 2007

Remembering Boston's Children 1980 to 2005

This is not your average MBTA bus! Rather than being wrapped in an ad, this bus is wrapped in a moving memorial, created by Thomas Starr, a professor at Northeastern University. The memorial consists of quotes from family members of children that were murdered, as well as their year of birth and death. The bus has been in service since late October 2006, and will hopefully be around for a long time to come. It's very eye catching - the color of a school bus, and covered in statements like "He liked chocolate", which deepen the sense of loss.

You can read more about the motivation behind the project here, and an article from the BU daily student newspaper here.


Anonymous said...

Hey Sarah,

Great photo. Wish I had seen this when I was in Boston. Maybe next time. Hope it continues to be a powerful message. MOM

Jamie O'Brien said...

sarah, great pic. Awesome project.

I really think this is a great source of news for the details of boston that don't get picked up in other "news" venues.

Everyone on the blog, keep up the great work.

Missing Boston,


Carol E. said...

Very sobering and sad, but a good way to make people stop and think.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow. An interesting idea. To get some attention for the murdered children is worthwhile.

You don't say why so many were murdered?

Were they just on their way to school when they were killed? Or, were they involved in the drug trade? There must be some reason for all of the people being killed.

Maybe your links would have explained it. Sorry if I missed them.

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Cowbark said...

It's no good story, unfortunately. There's a ever present problem with violence in Boston, and too often children are the victims. I have to admit that I don't follow the news on it closely anymore because it's so heartbreaking.

Part of the purpose of this project was to be as anonymous as possible - no reference to neighborhood, race, identity, etc... so it's hard to tell you more of a story.

Violence in Boston is a constant struggle.