UNO art major Elisa Wolcott is looking to make a difference and save the lives of women who are the victims of sex trafficking - all through the power of sculpture.
Through May, her public artwork project, titled "2,000 Souls," will be on display on the second level of Eppley Airfield.The display features 2,000 ceramic birds, all sculpted, fired and sanded by Wolcott. Each bird represents the life of someone who was forced into prostitution in Nebraska.
Wolcott is selling the birds to raise funds for Rejuvenating Women, a local nonprofit organization that is raising money to open a restoration home for victims of sex trafficking in Omaha. More information about the project and how to donate is available at restoredwings.com.
In a story written by the Omaha World-Herald's Casey Logan on Dec. 28, 2015, Wolcott said “I refuse not to care. This shouldn’t happen. This is not OK.”
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Wolcott is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Art History and Business minor. The birds were all cast in UNO’s Ceramics and Sculpture Lab, a dedicated workspace for studio art students that is accessible to them 24/7.
More information about the School of Art and Art History can be found at the program's website.
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