Christ Church Greenwich Second Annual Cemetery Tour Plus New Art Installation



Greenwich, CTOctober 3, 2021

Arts & the Spirit of Christ Church Greenwich hosted their second annual cemetery tour on Sunday, October 3rd, led by Christ Church parishioner and resident historian, Lynn Garelick. Lynn has lovingly maintained the church’s archives for years and provided a rich tour about the history of the Episcopal church in New England as well as recognizing historic pillars of the Greenwich Community at rest in the cemetery.

New to this year’s cemetery tour was the debut of Arts & the Spirit’s first commissioned temporary art installation. An invitation to local artists was sent last spring. Artists submitted concepts that would augment the serenity of the cemetery grounds and represent a visual reminder of the beauty of the cycle of life from creation to the return to the natural elements from which it was born. Genesis 3:19: You are dust and to dust you will return.

“This year’s winner is Joseph Dermody with his magical prayer and meditation towers,” states Rebecca Fretty, Chair of the Arts & the Spirit. Mr. Dermody’s towers are an interactive art installation for the community to enjoy visually as well as to write prayers or meditations and place them in the towers to dissolve back into the earth. Mr. Dermody explained the genesis for his piece and invited everyone to share their prayers and meditations on special paper he created. “I see this as an opportunity to give back to this community through a physical and spiritual art piece. My vision is to create an interactive sculpture that helps to bring beauty, not only to the cemetery, but to our understanding of the cycle of life.” The sculpture is in the Bishop’s Rose Garden behind the Parish House beside the cemetery. The community is encouraged to visit the site throughout the next year to see the evolution of this project.

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