Fallen Elders, A Memorial Art Installation In Nature

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Date(s) - 8/12/2020
12:00 am

Walking Path behind the Congregational Church off Tenney Hill

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Fallen Elders, a collaboration with artist, Chris Doyle. Comprising four large scale artworks arranged in the woods, Fallen Elders represents a memorial to those who have passed from the coronavirus. Each black and white watercolor drawing depicts the root system of a fallen tree, intricately depicted with hours of careful observation by Chris Doyle. The watercolors are intended to remind us of those who have passed, and create an opportunity to acknowledge and mourn their passing, while also finding inspiration in their enduring contributions to our world. As one walks along the path, there is a place where the woods open up, and one can imagine the forest as a sanctuary, or place of refuge.

Fallen Elders is a one day art installation planned for Wednesday August 12, 9:00 – 5:00pm, with a rain date of Thursday, August 13. The artworks will be installed on the Walking Trail which begins behind the Congo Church and George Stevens Academy dormitory from Tenney Hill.

Chris writes, “Every year the forest loses some elders to the wind. This year, it seems like more than the usual number of trees have been uprooted. During this unprecedented period of mourning for those lost in the time of Covid-19, I found myself surveying the forest and marveling at the new life springing from earlier fallen trees. These drawings of exposed root systems are a kind of memorial to those people who, now fallen, continue on as sources of inspiration during this season of loss.”

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present Chris Doyle drawings in a way that brings nature and art together. We can be healed by a visit to the woods, and through this memorial installation of the Fallen Elders, be brought to a profound moment of remembrance and reflection.

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