Lyons students create, install wildflower garden to memorialize the COVID-19 pandemic

Students at Lyons Elementary installed a remembrance garden of handmade ceramic wildflowers to commemorate the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and the work of frontline workers.

Art teacher, Elena Danilescuruss, proposed the idea after seeing the remembrance garden based on the 2014 Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red public art installation, which marked the 100-year anniversary and commemorated lives lost in World War I, according to parent volunteer, Claudia Paterno. 

“(Danilescuruss) worked with each child to make (wildflowers) out of clay and paint a flower,” she said via email. “Instead of only making red poppies, she gave the artistic license to the children to paint any color and design they wished.”