The bullets on the bus

08.04.2013
Bullet-riddled bus created by Canadian artist Victor Mitic to commemorate the victims of gun violence in Toronto

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While the NRA would prefer otherwise, the parents of Sandy Hook are refusing to change the subject or the conversation about guns. For them, the political has become exquisitely–and painfully–personal. Last night’s 60 Minutes devoted two segments to the “after” of their lives since December 14. It was television at its devastating best and if there was any good news to be gleaned from their story, it is that their grief-turned-activism has inspired some of the strictest gun control legislation in the nation.

In the same spirit, Toronto artist Viktor Mitic has created “Incident,” a bullet-riddled school bus originally created to drive home the effects of gang and gun violence in his hometown. It is now on exhibit at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in a show called, appropriately, “Newtown Project: Art Targets Guns.” Despite the subject matter, the artist does not call himself an activist. According to a piece in the Washington Post, Mitic, who has often used ammunition in his art, he does not believe it is his role to influence viewers on “what to do about guns…” One could say the work speaks for itself.

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