Renowned Artist Brings Bullet-Riddled Installation to Chicago to Highlight Gun Violence Epidemic
We're honored to partner with Toronto-based artist Viktor Mitic, who is bringing his rolling art piece "Shot Up Car" to Chicago to shine a spotlight on the consequences of gun violence.
The installation consists of a Volkswagen he fired at more then 6,000 times, and is a stark and raw look at the impact of bullets. The installation will be making appearances November 15-17, 2018 at Cloud Gate, City Hall, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, The United Center and other key venues.
Mitic partnered with us, a local grass-roots anti-violence organization, to help provoke conversation across Chicago. He felt it was important to bring Shot Up Car to Chicago when he learned about the sharp rise in gun-related murders this summer and fall.
This isn't the first time Mitic has focused on gun violence. He is known for highlighting current issues by firing live bullets at his paintings or at reclaimed objects. One of his high-profile pieces includes a shot-up school bus, which he toured across Washington D.C. shortly after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy where 20 children and 6 adults were murdered by a 20-year old gunman. He hopes Shot Up Car will stir more conversation in Chicago, and potentially nationally as the school bus did.
“The arts and cultural community have largely been silent on the gun debate. My objective is to use my art to educate youth especially at-risk youth on the consequences of gun violence and irresponsible use of guns. Conversely, I feel it’s equally as important to take adult observers on a visual journey into the public debate on societal attitudes toward gun use,” Mitic said.
We hope to see you at the installation.
To learn more about Victor Mitic, checkout his website.
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