(CBS Connecticut)— City officials and members of the community unveiled a new piece of artwork that aims to raise awareness and act as a monument to victims of illegal gun violence. The Whiffenpoofs, an a cappella group from Yale University, set the tone of the afternoon by opening with their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Mayor Segarra, Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy, Congressman Larson, Governor Malloy, and Lt. Governor Wyman all spoke at the event.
The catalyst of this event and many other motions across the country was Jessica Mindich, the founder of the Raise The Caliber campaign. The mission of Raise The Caliber is to end illegal gun violence. In order to both visually represent and spread their message, Raise the Caliber partnered with internationally renowned artist Michael Kalish.
Through a series of gun buybacks, Mindich got countless guns off the streets than shredded these guns to create over 2,000 pounds of material. Mindich then sent the shredded guns to Kalish who created a piece of art that looks like two interlocking hands.
The sobering tribute to victims of illegal gun violence in America will stay in Bushnell park for approximately nine months before moving to Detroit, Michigan.