The Soul Box Project

THE SOUL BOX PROJECT is a national community art project calling for the making of one hand-folded paper box for every person killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. since 2014. Hundreds of thousands of these Boxes will be displayed together in massive art installations to reveal the staggering number of gunfire victims.



On October 1, 2017 a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, killing 59 people and wounding 441. When TVs, phones and radios blew up with the news, how many of us turned away, thinking, "I can't face this again." After we heard the numbers, learned about the victims, how many of us asked, "What can I do?" 


The Soul Box Project idea began when we wondered how many people had been shot in the U.S. After some digging, we found a number: 168,558 people killed or injured by gunfire between 2014 and 2017.* 


168,558. Can you even envision that number? 

Ohio Stadium, pictured here, holds only 106,000 people. With figures so large -- and growing every day -- we wondered how many of us just can't comprehend the numbers? And if we did understand, what actions would we take?  




This is when we asked, "What could ART do?"


Soul Box Project displays


Our idea is to make a mind-boggling, heart-wrenching VISUAL STATEMENT revealing the number of gun violence victims using something very simple: little paper origami boxes, each one representing one life, one soul gunned down. This is a SOUL BOX.

Imagine huge displays of Soul Boxes appearing in public places: libraries, shopping malls, the halls of Congress or even gun shows. If these traveling displays cause a few people to lock up their guns, write their representatives, or talk about anger management, the Soul Box Project will have succeeded.  




Big Idea? Sure. But the movement has started -- and you can be a part of it. Thousands of boxes are already coming in. Displays are being assembled and venues have been booked. Right now all that's needed for you to participate are two squares of paper and some time to contemplate lost lives. 


To keep it simple we have chosen a lidded box sized 3 x 3 x 1.5 inches  because it can be made from two  8.5 inch squares of letter paper.