In Remembrance is a “pop up” (temporary) contemporary, interactive, sculpture installation. The installation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. The installation will be on display from 9am to 11pm Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11. The garden features life-size sculptures and corresponding poetry by Virginia artist Karen Swenholt. The installation has been curated by Jerry L. Eisley, director of the Washington Arts Group. The sculptures are set in sylvan, wooded, bamboo forest on the extensive grounds of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia. The garden will be illuminated after dusk. Visitors are welcomed by Love Song: sonnet 44 which is a Swenholt work depicting a woman with one arm extended and the other holding a book. Within the garden itself are the works Monumental Fool (The Atheist) and Dust Cries Out. Monumental Fool underscores the role of faith in the human condition. Dust Cries Out is Swenholt’s signature sculpture. The work was chosen as a cover piece for the prestigious International Sculpture Society’s 9/11 memorial exhibition in New York City. Monumental Fool was exhibited in cooperation with the Washington Arts Group in St. Petersburg Russia for the 300th anniversary celebration for that city. The U.S. Consulate chose the exhibition as a birthday present from America to St. Petersburg in 2003.
Truro Church’s installation underscores both the Washington Arts Group and the church’s commitment to finding ways to implement reconciliation through the arts. The Washington Arts Group is a 501c3 established in 1978 to encourage spirituality in the arts and to connect art with life and human need. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the art and record their thoughts and reflections in a book of remembrance provided on site. The installation is free and open to the public during viewing hours.
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Truro Church is located at 10520 Main Street in Fairfax, Virginia 22030. For information, please contact the Washington Arts Group at (202) 363-2345.