Into the Light

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Into the Light


Hasna Sal

Hasna Sal is an artist, poet, and an architect by profession. As an artist and poet, she identifies herself as a raconteur–bringing to light stories that are overlooked, forgotten or uncomfortable. [...] She believes art must step beyond the liminalities of aesthetics and transcend into the realm of social activism. Her chosen banner, the victims of sex trafficking. 

Hasna’s glass work encompasses casting, kiln formed glass, fritography, and torchworking, but she says the real narrative is both color and light including the phenomenon of our human response to filtered light and shadow.

Working from her Kansas City studio, Hasna has won honors at shows and worldwide including the Doge award in Venice Italy for her work on glass.

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Lykins Square Park, Kansas City, MO 64124


Unveiling of memorial: October 2020


All photos courtesy of Hasna Sal.


Into the Light is a memorial for victims of human trafficking. It is comprised of four, 2 foot by 4 foot panels, all made with colorful, bulletproof glass. Each of the panels deals with a specific theme (in succession): Isolation, Damnation, Redemption, and Salvation.


In October 2020, Artist Hasna Sal completed installation of Into the Light, a permanent public art installation at Lykins Square Park in Kansas City, MO. The work memorializes victims of human trafficking and is the first public art memorial in the nation of its kind. Hasna attributes the glass to the survivors – they have withstood the highest stress levels and emerged stronger. She says the panels illustrate their journey.

In a statements from Artist published in Metro Voice News (, Hasna shares:

“The memorial was inspired by the resilience and courage of survivors’ heroic struggles to gain power and control of their lives and overcome the many adversaries faced by our society’s marginalized citizens,” said Sal.

“The path is not a one-way street; however, following in this order, I tried to show their journey to redemption. In isolation they are alone. Damnation is being trapped in trafficking. Redemption is reaching out for help and accepting it,” Sal told Metro Voice. “Salvation is finding their way to a new life, a safe home. It all comes down to respect. It has to start somewhere, so the ripple effect can be felt.”

“As an artist I felt that I had the responsibility to be an advocate of change. Public art is a means to create a conversation that may be polarized. It becomes a conversation piece used to voice our opinions and to listen to people. Communication happens and that brings change.”

“Sunlight is never static. With glass as a canvas it is forever changing. The narrative keeps changing. It shows the positive effect of storytelling. Glass is like a woman. She wants to stand on her own,” She says. “Metal would stop or block the light, take away the spirit of it. The only way [for a woman] to glow is in her own brilliance.”


Survivors Movement





Artist: Hasna Sal,; Photographer: All photos courtesy of Hasna Sal.