In Washington, D.C., the oval of green space on East Capitol Street between RFK Stadium and the D.C. Armory has been filled with small white flags, according to an article by WJLA News.
The art exhibit was put together by Bethesda, Maryland-based artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg and Ruppert Landscape, Laytonsville, Maryland. Each flag represents someone in the U.S. who has died of COVID-19. At the head of the exhibit is a billboard listing the numbers of nearly 220,000 victims.
Ruppert Landscape’s Kyle Meissner says his company put down 215,000 of the flags.
Firstenberg says she initially approached Ruppert Landscape to learn how much it would cost to have them put down the flags, but Meissner said after they learned what the project was about COVID-19, they decided to do it without charge.
They called in workers from Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware for the two days of work it took to install them.
Firstenberg says she hopes members of the public will visit the exhibit and place the rest of the flags in memory of loved ones.
She says the city approved use of the land through mid-November.
Ruppert Landscape has installed cameras so the public can view the exhibit through a live video stream.