To represent the lives of Americans lost to Covid-19 so far, a sea of over 650,000 white flags line the National Mall near the Washington Monument in the Houses of Parliament.
An outdoor art installation titled “In America: Remember” by social practice artist Sae Yamamoto Brennan First Emberg will stand behind the White House for 17 days starting Friday.
“The bigger the numbers, the harder it is to understand. So, as a visual artist, I wanted to make the numbers physical,” a 62-year-old artist told ABC News. “I wanted to make it physically clear.”
The white flag acts as a canvas to feature messages that remind family and friends of the lives of their loved ones.
“Very many of these deaths happened alone without approval,” Firstenberg told NPR.
“If you take one flag and think about all the sadness that it embodies … that’s the power of this art. It’s about understanding the magnitude of our loss,” explained Firstenberg.
The new exhibit mimics Firstenberg’s last exhibit in October 2020, with 240,000 flags in the field near RFK Stadium. Washington DC.. In less than a year, DC-based artists had to order more than 400,000 flags to accommodate the increase in deaths from Covid-19. Flags will be added daily during the exhibition as the number of deaths increases.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 670,000 people have died in Covid-19 in the United States since the pandemic began on Friday, the first day of the installation.
According to new data, one in 500 people in the United States has died of Covid-19 as the virus has devastated the country since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of new cases has skyrocketed since the Delta variant struck the United States.
The 20-acre installation will be on display from September 17th to October 3rd.
“The magnitude of our loss”: 650,000 white flags indicate that American lives have been lost to Covid | Washington DC
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