NEVADA CITY, Calif. May 2, 2021 – A private ceremony at Robinson Plaza today unveiled the Remembrance Memorial, an art installation designed to honor the victims of COVID-19 in Nevada County.

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The memorial is a six-foot-high column woven of natural elements from Nevada County with a dedication inscribed on local granite. Manzanita rings, engraved to honor each of the 75 lost community members, hang from willow branches.

The memorial will remain in Nevada City for six weeks before moving to the Truckee Community Recreation Center, downtown Grass Valley, and finally the Eric Rood Administrative Center.

A team of local artists and community members envisioned and donated their time to construct the memorial, including Peggy Wright, Lyssa Skeahan and Kevin Cowan of Other World Customs, Charles Kritzon, Sarah Regan, and Alicia Funk. Sweet Roots Farm contributed the Willow branches, Liam Ellerby from the Curious Forge completed the metalwork, Grass Valley Sign provided the plaques and Robinsons donated the local granite.

Familymembers and friends, Supervisor Heidi Hall, Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Kellermann, Nevada City Mayor Erin Minett, Grass Valley Vice Mayor Jan Arbuckle, Truckee Mayor Anna Klovstad and Nevada City Councilperson Daniela Fernandez attended the private ceremony.

The memorial is open to the public and you are welcome to share your memories, condolences and obits of Nevada County community members who died from COVID by emailing the Nevada County Remembers project.