Hillary Clinton supporters expected to be showered with confetti at her election party Nov. 8, and one who was there was so affected by the disappointment of her loss that she used the unused bits for an art exhibit.
Bunny Burson held out the Javits Center until 2 a.m. on election night, but she, her husband, and their two daughters never got to celebrate, CNN reports. Burson decided that she would channel that loss into art to inspire women, so she spent two weeks tracking down the confetti and put it in a snow globe at the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, where fans stir the slips of paper 24 hours a day.
The lit snow globe is titled "And Still I Rise" after a poem by Maya Angelou. Burson has said that she has heard from "countless" women that it is empowering, and she names Clinton as her inspiration.
"Hillary Clinton has been a beacon for me really as a woman," Burson told CNN. "That's really where I thought that this was going, to be the election of all elections to inspire women."
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She also said that Donald Trump's victory may herald dark days for women's rights, so she wants to raise awareness about the importance of elections.
"We need to think about all of these rights that we have sort of gotten used to, which we may not always have—women's rights, voting rights—that elections have consequences serious consequences and that we need to stay engaged," she said.
Still, Burson has hope that women will rise above these challenges that she sees.
"I want women and little girls to just don't feel defeated by this," Burson said. "Keep going. Keep fighting."
She bought all 200 pounds of confetti that were loaded into cannons at the Javits Center before creating this snow globe. She is going to use the rest of the confetti to make other, smaller snow globes to sell at Planned Parenthood clinics to raise funds for the organization.
Burson also created art about the disappointment of Al Gore's 2000 election. She covered canvasses with so-called hanging chads—the partially punched ballots that many still blame for Gore losing Florida—folded into the shape of waves.