COVID-19 Memorial Exhibit To Open In The Brooklyn Museum

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The Brooklyn Museum is dedicating an ongoing memorial for all of us to honor and grieve victims lost to COVID-19 in New York City and around the world.

Crack in the Hourglass, An Ongoing COVID-19 Memorial will open in the museum on October 29, 2021. With New York City being an area with one of the highest numbers of pandemic related deaths in the United States, the exhibit will memorialize all the lives lost to COIVD-19. The portraits will be made with hourglass sand by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

According to the official site, the public is invited to submit photographs of loved ones lost to COVID-19 at, with a personalized dedication, and to watch in-gallery or via livestream as a modified robotic plotter deposits grains of hourglass sand onto a black stage to recreate the image. After each portrait is completed, it is slowly erased by gravity. The entire process is archived on the website, and the same sand is then recycled into the next portrait, forming a limitless number of memorials and emphasizing the collective and ongoing nature of the pandemic.

The exhibit will be on open until June 26, 2022.

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