With interests turning to outdoor activities this summer, Trista Holz Studios in Fond du Lac is inviting people to plan their walking routes to include a glimpse of its storefront art display, The Soul Box Project, organized by Marian University art professor Deb Bartelt and including contributions from Marian University students, who taught and explained its purpose to local community members.

Located at 13 East First St. in Fond du Lac, the exhibit opened on March 27 and will be on display and viewable from the sidewalk through the end of the summer, with Trista Holz Studios this month complementing the exhibit with sidewalk chalk artwork. The Soul Box Project is part of a national project that collects and exhibits thousands of hand-folded origami boxes to raise awareness of the number of people who died from gun use in 2019 – suicide and mass shootings.

Each Soul Box represents one victim. In Spring 2021 the Fond du Lac exhibition will join other soul boxes on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a display totaling 200,000 to represent every person killed, not injured, by gunfire in 2019. It will be the largest Soul Box exhibit ever, drawing the nation’s attention to the number of people killed by gunfire in the U.S. and honoring the lives torn apart by this epidemic.