Bones on the National Mall an art installation on genocide

One million replica bones are scattered across a portion of the mall. Photo: ABC7

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of volunteers laid out 1 million handmade replicas of human bones on the National Mall as a symbolic mass grave and a call to action to end genocide.

The artistic installation was created Saturday and will be on view through Monday.

Artist Naomi Natale designed the large-scale installation and led students, artists and activists in creating the bones. She organized more than 100 installations nationwide, leading up to the Washington event.

It's meant to honor those who died in genocides and those still fighting to survive. Organizers are focused on killings in Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Myanmar and Somalia. The bones are made of clay, paper, glass, steel and other materials.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Sunday evening.