Honoring individuals who have died from COVID-19 in this pandemic, Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg will present over 620,000 white flags on the National Mall. She will ceremoniously add flags each day to reflect the continually mounting toll. This will be the largest public, participatory art exhibition on the National Mall since presentation of the AIDS Quilt. It will be the first ever concurrently mirrored in the digital sphere.
Visitors are invited to dedicate flags for loved ones lost to COVID-19. Those who cannot experience the flags in person may dedicate a flag through the website, InAmericaFlags.org. Volunteers on the National Mall will fulfill these requests, inscribing and planting these flags.
The exhibition will be composed of 143 sections of white flags and 3.8 miles of walking paths. White benches placed throughout the art allow visitors to sit in quiet reflection. Social distancing and mask requirements will follow those in place for Washington, D.C. at the time of the exhibition.
The artist wishes to thank her partners: Ruppert Landscape is donating approximately 2,000 hours to design support and installation of the initial array. Esri, Ind, the largest geographic information systems in the world, is assisting in bringing the art into the digital sphere and organizing flag dedication requests. Other organizations are donating items such as commemorative Sharpie pens (4IMPRINT) or providing items as cost (Blackburn Flags). Volunteers from George Washington University are supporting the mirroring effort, while volunteers from the Smithsonian and Trust for the National Mall are helping on-site.
This art is created not only to honor each individual whom we have lost, but also to create a moment of pause, a moment of reflection for our nation.
To volunteer or for more information: InAmericaFlags.org
September 17th – October 3rd, 2021
15th Street, N.W. – 17th Street, N.W. between the Washington Monument and Constitution Avenue
Weekdays: 10 AM – sunset
Weekends: 9 AM – sunset