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Wick Up For Change


Candles; since their invention by the Chinese back around 200 BC, they’ve been great at illuminating all sorts of things. The good people of Amnesty International and our very favourite vinyl toy sculptors ‘coarse‘, are now using candles to throw some light on the less-than-fun topics of human torture, illegal arms dealing and human trafficking.

Diverting their attention from giant vinyl steroidal bunnies and surfer dude figurines to focus on real issues for a moment, coarse have built 30 limited edition ‘Freedom Candles’, each of which will be showing up on eBay auction later this week in support of Amnesty International.

Burning the sculpture candle will, over time, reveal a new bronze figure trapped inside, this one symbolising the positive change that human rights activism can help to effect.


Candle one shows a political prisoner being tortured. It burns away to reveal the same man being reunited with his son. Amnesty International is launching a major new global campaign against torture on 13 May 2014.



Candle two begins as an ak-47 rifle. It burns away to reveal a pen signing the world’s first global arms trade treaty— a treaty that followed decades of intensive campaigning by Amnesty International and other NGOs.


Candle three is a young girl who has been forced into sexual slavery. It burns away to reveal a fierce young girl who is free to make her own choices; the embodiment of Amnesty International’s belief that everybody has the right to make their own decisions about their health, body and sexual life.

The “Freedom Candles” will be auctioned for eight days beginning on 19 April 2014. One candle will be released every hour for 30 hours. All proceeds from the candles will go towards Amnesty International’s work to defend and promote human rights.

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