Million Bead Project
What does one million look like? How about a trillion? Why should we even care?
The first Million Bead Project was a collaboration between artist Jeanne Leffingwell and 22 schools and learning groups in Idaho and the Northwest. For more than two years, over 2400 students designed, beaded and kept track of their progress on the way to weaving one million beads. This unprecedented project helped students consider our place in an increasingly complex world where large numbers bombard us from everywhere, yet most of us have little concept of what they actually mean.
The collective efforts, in the form of one interconnected and fascinating mosaic, were on display from May through July 2007 at the University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery in downtown Moscow. The individual bead mosaics now live in each participating school.