Rose River memorial Bergamot Parking lot

Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles County

The installation is on display outdoors at the Bergamot Station Arts Center Parking lot until the end of April. The unveiling was live streamed for the public at 5pm and will be honored with the presence of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Manager, Shannon Daut, Rose River Memorial’s conductor, Marcos Lutyens, Building Bridges Art Exchange’s Director, Marisa Caichiolo, and the rest of the participant partners Galleries.

Christ Cathedral, Orange County

Our current memorial is on view at the Christ Cathedral until the end of June. The project memorialzes the more than 4,600 people who have died from Covid in Orange County. Special offerings are included for local Garden Grover community members lost to Covid. 


Ojai, Ventura County

April 22, at 4-7:30 pm. Free rose-making kits will be available prior to

the workshop on April 9-10 at the following locations, which will also serve as places for

community members to drop off their roses to be included in the exhibit:

 Flourish Ojai, 214 W. Aliso Street

 The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road

 Porch Gallery, 310 E. Matilija Street

The rose-making kits are made possible by Building Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX).

The COVID death toll in the United States has climbed to way over half a million people.

This last year 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 community 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.