Memorial Day Art Quilt Display at Waite Park Library
In commemoration of Memorial Day, the quilt art exhibit “and still counting…” by artist Caron Lage can be viewed at the Great River Regional Library - Waite Park branch starting Saturday, May 28. A memorial to the U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in the Iraq War, the exhibit featuring 3,100 quilt squares will be displayed outside on the library's parking lot fence from May 28 through Monday, May 30.
Each six inch quilt square represents one American service person who has died in the war. On each block are 212 black beads or French knots representing the Iraqis who have died. The total display represents 3,100 American military lives lost and 655,000 Iraqi citizen lives lost. The bright colors represent the many races, creeds, and uniqueness of the individuals. For the stitches and beads, black is used as the symbolic color of death.
Artist Caron Lage, who works as a branch assistant at the Waite Park branch, initiated the project in the spring of 2007 after seeing photos of a display at Reed College in Portland, Oregon using flags to memorialize the war casualties. This ongoing project is featured in Quilting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time by Katherine Bell.