‘Eyes Wide Open’ Exhibit on Display at Sweet Briar

| April 9, 2009

“Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War in Iraq,” will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 through Saturday, April 18 on the Upper Quad in front of Sweet Briar College’s Memorial Chapel. Admission is free.

The exhibit is sponsored by the chaplain’s office.

Created by the American Friends Service Committee, the traveling exhibit is a memorial to honor the lives lost in the Iraq War. It calls attention to the human and financial cost of the war as it is born by individuals, families, communities, states and the nation as a whole.

The goal of the American Friends Service Committee, which has taken a strong stance in opposing the Iraq War, is to create a safe space where people of differing opinions and perspectives about the war can come together and remember those who have died. The exhibit is intended to promote dialogue and reflection as opposed to debate and confrontation.

“Eyes Wide Open” features approximately 126 pairs of combat boots, one for each serviceman and woman from Virginia who has died in Iraq, each tagged with the individual’s military rank, age and hometown; approximately 75 pairs of civilian shoes representing the Iraqi civilians who have died during the conflict; and documentation explaining the human and economic costs of the war as well as a list of the names of all military casualties represented in the exhibit.

For more information, contact Kristie Munn, assistant to the chaplain, at kmunn@sbc.edu or (434) 381-6103.

Category: Art Galleries