To honor those who have died from Covid-19, Washington, DC artist, Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, is creating a space for national mourning. Our country’s immense loss will be visible with the planting of a white flag for every American Covid-19 death.
An estimated 240,000 flags will be planted on the DC Armory Parade Ground (located in front of RFK Stadium) during this two-week participatory exhibition. Flags will be added daily as the death count rises.
Please visit the installation to help plant flags and honor our collective loss.
Community members are invited to plant flags – and personalize them with names of lost loved ones – from Friday, Oct 23rd to Monday, November 30th during “open” hours:
Monday-Friday: 11am – Sunset
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – Sunset
Suzanne was inspired to create this community art installation in August after hearing the remark that 170,000 deaths were just a statistic. She notes, “my 25 years of hospice volunteering taught me every life is valuable, no death is just a statistic.”
A message from Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg
“My goal for In America How Could This Happen was to help people to grieve their lost loved one and to show both the enormity of our loss of more than 230,000 lives and the respect for the loss of each individual life. To partner with a visionary like Chef Jose Andres to help those impacted by COVID-19 by giving food to those in need and also helping our restaurants survive this coming winter brings an unexpected positive outcome from my art. I encourage everyone who has asked how they can help support my project to give to the World Central Kitchen’s COVID-19 Restaurants for the People program.”
To support In America please go to: World Central Kitchen
Safety for everyone is of paramount importance. The installation will require proper social distancing and will have masks and hand sanitizer available on site.