“Forty-Three Days 43 Names” is the commemorative installation by Las Vegas artist Javier Sanchez that sends whispers to not forget the 43 Mexican students who disappeared.The Cempazuchitls, or marigolds, are a field on the floor of the Barrick Museum. Numbers are heard, an echo from inside the theater, on the screen a hand makes numbers in sand. “It was a last minute idea,” says D.K. Sole, a staffer at the Barrick.
The marigolds represent the crop the students grew to raise money. On Saturday, I saw a small contemplative addition to the installation. From The Art Bar, the assemblage station in the lobby, three stones were retrieved and with Forty Three written on them. They were placed front and center on the wood frame sitting in the floor. A stranger converted the installation into a subtle altar.
The next day BBC reported that Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam confirmed as one of the missing students was identified.
The project will run for forty-three consecutive days.