If you have driven on Piedmont Road near the Lindbergh MARTA station recently, you may have noticed a strange structure that has been erected. This sculpture is a giant hand designed to raise awareness about slavery in today’s age.
The structure is part of an effort by Passion City Church to raise awareness of the issue of modernized slavery around the world. Their effort is called “72 Days For Freedom,” and the hand will be displayed for a total of 72 days, ending on May 8th.
The hand stands 103 feet tall and is made up of a variety of different objects. Soccer balls, teddy bears, chocolate bars and clothing are wrapped around the hand. However, the church made it a goal to only use items that are on the Department of Labor’s list of common goods made by forced or child labor. Passion City staff visited landfills, thrift shops, and homes.
Passion City Church also urges people to learn more about modern slavery and how we can stop it by visiting their website, 72daysforfreedom.com. On the website, there is a 30-minute documentary following three people in different countries who were victims of forced labor.
This effort shares many similarities with the Kony 2012 campaign led up by the advocacy group, Invisible Children, which has turned into a worldwide phenomenon.