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January, 2020

Westside Los Angeles Rose River Memorial



Our current installation is 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. If you need assistance signing up as a group, please contact us by email: buildingbridgesax@gmail.com or phone: (323) 893 - 3924.


Thanks to the generous support from the City of Santa Monica Art of Recovery Program


Want an activity for your school or community group?

Rose making is the perfect thing

We have schools, churches, and family and friend groups who are joining forces to make roses together. If you'd like to do the same, kits are available to purchase from us or you can shop your own supplies and use our easy instructions.

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Anytime at all!

Mail us your roses

Once you've made your roses, mail them to us at Rose River Project, PO Box 65653, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Every rose you send gets us a step closer to realizing the ambitious goals of this project. In other words, we and the nation need your roses, and soon.

The COVID death toll in the United States has climbed to more than 335,000 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.