“Meditation on Mourning” is the work of New York artist S. B. Woods. Originally created following the 9/11 tragedies, these sculptures allude to landscapes of suffering across the globe. The grouped figures, all females without visible faces, lie down in fetal positions of pain to suggest both the anonymity and expressiveness of sorrow. The artist sees the “Mourning” women as “containers of grief” that “hold the loss and the longing for a better world.”

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These sculptures were gifted to The Newtown Foundation in 2013 to aid its efforts to raise awareness of the impact that gun violence has on families and to assist the organization’s healing and transformational work.  The installation has been touring America, on exhibit most recently at Washington’s National Cathedral from March 11, 2014 – April 10, 2014.   Please watch Artist S.B. Woods discuss Meditation on Mourning at the National Cathedral on March 11, 2014 in the video below:


Prior to the exhibit at the National Cathedral, Meditation on Mourning traveled to Dayton Ohio where it was installed as part of an exhibit at the University of Dayton’s Art Street Gallery from September 24, 2013 thru November 3rd, 2013 as a part of a show called “Bullet: Who Pulled the Trigger”.

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The names of gun violence victims since 12/14/12 are projected onto the S. B. Woods installation “Meditation on Mourning,” on loan to the University of Dayton “BULLET” exhibit by the Newtown Action Alliance and The Newtown Foundation.

Click below to see a short video about the University of Dayton Exhibit.

See more about this generous gift of fine art and how it came about.

Please write to info@newtownfoundation.org if you are a fine art collector or gallery owner, or if you would like to help organize manage and/or fund the Meditation on Mourning tour, or for information on exhibiting Meditation on Mourning at an institution near you.

Many thanks to the people at Rand Whitney Packaging and Clancy Moving & Storage for enabling this fine art to travel safely across America.

A sincere thank you to S.B. Woods for the very generous gift of your time, talents, art & love.