Rose Riveris a major art installation with deep social resonance at a time of historical challenges due to Covid-19.

200,000 Red Roses (everlasting or hand crafted by volunteers) are placed in undulating rows in a key location so that visitors, as well as online viewers, can get a sense of the enormity of the loss from the Covid-19 crisis. The Memorial becomes a focus for all of us to mourn and heal.

Roses have been used throughout history in many cultures and religions to symbolise the passing of the spirit, to mourn the dead and seek solace.

The title Rose River evokes the idea that in this year of Covid-19, so many thousands of family members have passed away isolated from their own families and loved ones. They have slipped away from us out of our view, unseen. This installation is a way of acknowledging their absence and our collective loss.

Rose River is composed of an item that is repeated 200,000 times: a simple deep red everlasting rose, which is used in funerals of all kinds, including in military funeral honors, as a symbol of love and respect.

The rose has been long associated with spirituality dating back to Greek times. The rose the floral emblem of the United States.

The River has long been associated with a transitional space to the afterlife, and here represents the flow of time as it moves us on to other realms.

A location is still to be determined for Rose River, but this will be a field or park somewhere in the US. It could also be itinerant or installed simultaneously in 2 or more places. The site footprint is 1100’ x 220’ with roses spread 1’ apart. This is approximately 4 football fields in area, or 5.5 acres.. Although the project counts on volunteers, funding is being raised to cover the cost of the silk roses and other basic logistical expenses. The roses will be sent to supporters after the project. Excess funds will be donated to an appropriate charity related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Rose River is proposed by Marcos Lutyens, internationally renowned artist working in the field of consciousness. Marcos' work takes form as installations, sculptures, drawings, short films, writings and performances and has been shown at a dizzying list of locations, including the Miró Foundation, the Frye Museum, the Guggenheim, MoMA, LACMA, the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Art Museum of China, the Pompidou in Paris, as well as biennales in Liverpool, Istanbul, Havana, and Venice.

Marcos is working with  cultural producer Tilly Hinton, PhD (

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