Hillary Clinton's sad, unused election night party confetti gets new life as beautiful art

For tens of millions of Americans, replaying Hillary Clinton's election night loss has become a traumatic tradition: they all have a story about where they were and what party favors they had to pack up.

Artist Bunny Burson was at Clinton's election night party in the Jacob Javits Center in New York the night her candidate lost. She remembers the evening painfully well. To commemorate the night and relieve at least some of her grief, Bunson decided to take the unused confetti from the canons and turn them into something, well, great: snow globes.

It might seem like an odd choice of materials as we typically associate snow globes with "delightful winter-based holidays" not "devastating national elections." For the artist, however, the use of confetti was purposeful: Each of those swirling confetti pieces represents one of the many issues we faced this election, including "human rights, women's rights" and, well, everything.

Burson told Mashable that she made sure that the confetti she used came from the election night party itself, going so far as to call the company storing the unused confetti and getting a signed statement from them.

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Some of the "200 pounds of confetti" was used in a giant snow globe, positioned in a Missouri Gallery, while the rest will be incorporated into smaller snow globes for purchase. Burson is currently designing the smaller snow globes and plans to donate the proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

Bunson titled the project "Still I Rise" after the famous Maya Angelou poem, precisely because she wanted to emphasize resilience — as well as grief — in her work.

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This isn't the first time Burson channeled her political grief into art, though.

She previously served on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities under President Bill Clinton's administration, and knew Al Gore and Tipper Gore well. After Gore lost in 2000, Burson decided to turn some of those famous hanging chads into art. For Burson, the two elections shared so much in common, even though this one dug deeper, felt darker.

Burson's chad-based art

Burson's chad-based art

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However you feel about snow globes sold as Christmas trinkets — and I must admit, I'm partial to the snowman aesthetic — it's novel to take something so commercialized and make it actually meaningful.

You can check out more of Burson's work here. "And Still I Rise" will be on display at the Bruno David Gallery in Clayton, Missouri until August 12.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 8: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign logo is viewed under a glass ceiling ahead of her election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, November 8, 2016 in New York City. Both Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are holding their election night events in New York City on Tuesday night. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Workers prepare the stage for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 7, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers prepare the United States map shaped stage for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 8, 2016. Eager voters crowded into polling stations to choose a new US president Tuesday after a wild and bitter contest between the billionaire populist Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Democrat seeking to become the first woman to win the White House. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 8: A view of the media riser ahead of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, November 8, 2016 in New York City. Both Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are holding their election night events in New York City on Tuesday night. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Members of the media stand in the lobby of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center ahead of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in New York, New York November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
People are held near a lobby as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives at the Peninsula Hotel prior to an election night party at the Javits Center November 8, 2016 in New York, New York. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: People wait for voting results at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is running against Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A screen displaying the election results is seen over the stage that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will speak later during election night at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 8, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton supporters are seen at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 8, 2016 where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's election night event is held. Eager voters crowded into polling stations to choose a new US president Tuesday after a wild and bitter contest between the billionaire populist Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Democrat seeking to become the first woman to win the White House. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts at the election night rally the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Marvin DeLeon (L) of Washington County, NY, cries as he stands in the overflow crowd for Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, U.S. November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
A supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts during election night at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 8, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: People react to the voting results at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 9, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is running against Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Attendees react during an election night party for 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton at the Javits Center in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Fifty-one percent of voters nationally were bothered a lot by Republican Donald Trump's treatment of women, while Clinton's use of private e-mail while secretary of state was troubling to 44 percent, according to preliminary exit polling as voting neared a close in some states. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees embrace during an election night party for 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton at the Javits Center in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Fifty-one percent of voters nationally were bothered a lot by Republican Donald Trump's treatment of women, while Clinton's use of private e-mail while secretary of state was troubling to 44 percent, according to preliminary exit polling as voting neared a close in some states. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: People watch voting result at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is running against Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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