Opening Weekend for Nilou Moochhala’s Public Art Installation in Menotomy Rocks Park

Meet ACAC’s Spring Artist-in-Residence Nilou Moochhala and hear about her fascinating project exploring the impact of the pandemic.  Moochhala will be in Menotomy Rocks Park on Thursday, June 17 from 5 to 7pm and Saturday/Sunday June 19 & 20 from 10am to noon. The installation consists of 100 meditation flags printed from her abstract drawings; 50 drawings were created during her daily practice during the pandemic, and 50 were made in response to interviews with diverse Arlingtonians, from the Town Manager to front line workers.  Suspended in the trees, the flags have formed an inviting space in the pine forest for contemplation and healing. Entitled “Reflecting On Our Pandemic Experience”, the installation will be up through the summer.

A second complementary installation of 28 flags is planned for Arlington Center, hosted by the Kickstand Café.  It combines 14 drawings with 14 very short quotes from interview subjects, giving a sense of a central theme of their pandemic story.

It’s not too late to share your own pandemic experiences through Moochhala’s online questionnaire; your story will be preserved along with others in an archive at Robbins Library. The questionnaire is here:

Take a look at the maps of the upcoming installation at Kickstand Café here:  Kickstand_Map