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Building Bridges Art Exchange

Visit our current installation at Building Bridges Art Exchange located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. A sacred space where you can connect with your feelings and senses to experience your own grieving, individually and in a collective way (with family and friends). Sign up times are for 30 minute intervals. Open for appointment Thursdays and Saturdays from 12pm-6pm.
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Orange County Museum of Art

Our next memorial will be on view outside the Orange County Museum of Art from Monday, March 1  through Sunday, March 7.

To attend a virtual opening on Monday, March 1 from 3pm to 4:30pm please register here

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Harlingen, Texas

Covid Victims Remembered spearheaded by  Harlingen locals Bettina and Jennifer Gonzales are hosting a compelling installation that  acknowledges each life taken by COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley.  

The Rio Grande Valley installation, will be on display for the local community on the side of  a COVID-19 refrigeration truck, offering visitors and the community an opportunity to  grieve by contemplating an array of community made roses, as well as a COVID-19 themed  mural by local emerging artist Matthew Flores. 

The COVID death toll in the United States has climbed to more than 488,000 people.

2020 has been a year no-one could have imagined: a global pandemic, economic decimation, heroic medical and other frontline workers, months-long lockdowns with no end in sight, so many fellow Americans dead, and that toll still rising. This loss is quiet, with whispered goodbyes on Facetime as family members are not allowed to visit hospitals, and funerals via Zoom because gathering together could take more lives.

This cannot go unnoticed.

So many hundreds of thousands of people have passed away isolated from their own families and loved ones. They have slipped away from us out of our view, unseen. They deserve better, and so does the nation they leave behind.

We're creating a massive artwork to collectively grieve as a nation.

Picture this: Handcrafted red felt roses are placed in undulating rows in a stunning outdoor location, one rose for each life taken. This artwork will represent the enormity of the loss from the COVID-19 crisis. The memorial becomes a focus for all of us to mourn and heal.

Roses have been used throughout history in many cultures and religions to symbolize the passing of the spirit, to mourn the dead, and seek solace. The rose is the official floral emblem of the United States, and it is customary for red roses to feature in funerals, often arranged en masse atop the casket.

Rose River is a casket for the nation, a river of roses to show respect and to grieve.

This artwork is made by you.

We're inviting you to build this artwork by making beautiful felt roses following our simple pattern. How many we all make determines how soon the artwork is created. Let's build this river, together.

Ready to get started?

It's as easy as making some roses and mailing them to the Rose River Team! You can purchase kits from us or make a donation, join our mailing list, follow us on Instagram, and share this project with everyone you know.

© 2020 Rose River Project.