Friday, February 22, 2008

Violence monument grows in Rochester

Associated Press - February 22, 2008 3:15 AM ET

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - From a distance it looks like a giant tumble of brightly colored debris, reaching into the sky from the lawn of the George Eastman House in Rochester.

But as you get closer, you see that the pile is really a mash of stuffed animals, candles, blankets, bows and mementos -- set up to remind others that someone died here.

It's a sort of living street memorial, installed by University of Rochester lecturer Heather Layton, that serves as a monument to those who have lost their lives to street violence in the city.

It's on display on the George Eastman House lawn, and visitors are invited to add their own pieces to it.

Organizers are planning a vigil at the sight sometime in early March.

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