Self Help Graphics has created an ongoing “Rose River,” a floral tribute to lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, on the wall of its Boyle Heights headquarters.
Rows of individual handcrafted red felt roses are being displayed against a black- and grey-toned mural created by the Oaxacan artist group Tlacolulokos, Self Help officials said, as part of a display that started out of a Day of the Dead project. People who have made and mailed roses said the process brought them a feeling of calm and peace, organizers said.
Roses have come in from across the state, organizers said, as well as Arizona, New York, Washington, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Organizers hope to create more such displays and to assemble them all in one location as a single mammoth artwork, organizers said.
“If we installed the national Rose River Memorial today, there would be more than 234,000 roses assembled tightly together and covering more than 3 acres, or 30 basketball courts,” said founder Dr. Tilly Hinton, citing the latest national coronavirus death toll compiled by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center.
As of Friday, the center’s national COVID-19-realted death toll was posted as 235,541. In Los Angeles County, Public Health officials have identified 315,564 positive cases since the pandemic began and 7,140 COVID-related fatalities.
More information about the project: https://www.roseriver.memorial/