Brookside Gardens announces a new temporary art installation, “Facets of Hope”, to honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in Montgomery County. It will run from March through September 2021.
Since March 6, 2020, when COVID-19 was first reported in Montgomery County, more than 1,400 county residents have died from the virus. “Facets of Hope” will honor those we have lost by suspending one strand of crystals, in memory of each life lost in Montgomery County. The vintage crystals are clear, molded glass or cut crystal, and will be suspended from the arbor in the walkway. The exhibit will be installed on the wisteria arbor located in the Rose Garden. New strands will be added through the duration of the exhibit.
“Everyone in Montgomery County has been deeply impacted by COVID-19. We have lost our parents, children, siblings, partners, friends, neighbors and co-workers to the virus. This temporary art installation is meant to be a place for memories, reflection and healing,” said Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens.
The public can view the Facets of Hope outdoor exhibit from March through September. The beauty of the exhibit will evolve through the seasons, as spring wisteria blossom, and then transforms in summer months as the roses bloom.
The grounds at Brookside Gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset, and the Visitor Center is open from 10 am. to 2 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Montgomery Parks and Jasmine Alley.