The “Facets of Hope” exhibit will be on display in the park through the summer.

A popular park in Montgomery Park has created a special art installation to honor the county’s residents that have died from coronavirus. The “Facets of Hope” exhibit is currently on display at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. The exhibit features more than 1,400 hanging crystals representing the people in Montgomery County that have died from COVID-19. The crystals are located on the wisteria arbor in the Rose Garden and will remain on display from March through September.

The vintage crystals are made from cut crystal and molded glass and are designed to reflect the beauty of the blooming flowers in and around the rose garden. Each strand represents a county resident who died from the virus. New crystals will be added throughout the duration of the exhibit.

 “Everyone in Montgomery County has been deeply impacted by COVID-19. We have lost our parents, children, siblings, partners, friends, neighbors and co-workers to the virus, said Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens. “This temporary art installation is meant to be a place for memories, reflection and healing."


Courtesy Friends of Brookside Gardens (Facebook)

Montgomery County has seen the highest number of deaths from coronavirus in Maryland and the second-highest number of cases since the pandemic began in March of 2020. The Facets of Hope exhibit is designed as a place where people can go and remember those lost in the continuing pandemic. Crystals have been strung around the park's wooden arches and pergolas to capture light and reflections of the soon-to-be spring blooms.

Brookside Gardens is located at 1800 Glenallan Ave. and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The visitors center is open from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. daily and admission is free to both the park and visitors center.