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October 6, 2021


in america: remember
posted by soe 1:28 am

In America: Remember

We passed 700,000 dead from COVID over the weekend. And “In America: Remember,” an art installation on the Mall from Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg recorded each one with a white flag.

In America: Remember

In America: Remember

I visited twice: once while they were setting up and then Saturday night. You can see in the daytime shots the expanse of space that was still needed to be filled.

In America: Remember

Each time I was struck by the sheer waste.

In America: Remember

In America: Remember

It didn’t have to be like this. No, we probably couldn’t have saved everyone. But just this volume. This many people.

Those who’d lost loved ones to COVID were invited to personalize a flag in their memory. Because each one of these flags represents a person who had a life — friends and family, pets, jobs … Holes in the fabric of our country.

In America: Remember

In America: Remember

In America: Remember

In America: Remember

In America: Remember

In America: Remember

If you haven’t been to D.C. recently, it’s hard to impress on you the sheer size of this installation. It takes up at least two square city blocks. It’s enormous.

In America: Remember

It’s devastating.

In America: Remember

And more than 30,000 dead in just the two weeks the exhibition was open.

In America: Remember

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