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PYRE: COVID, Loss & Transitory Nature of Life

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PYRE: is an Art/Architecture-based sculpture exhibit dedicated to millions of lives lost, impacted and touched by COVID-19 across the globe.
I am seeking your support to make this sculptural exhibit a reality. The sculpture will be hosted at Pier 35 in New York City, the epicenter of the United States pandemic in 2020

What is the PYRE?
PYRE was born through my experience as a British-South Asian living in NYC witnessing the pandemic rage through countries I call home. To date over half a billion Covid cases have been recorded with over 6.3 million lives lost. As we move towards rebuilding our communities, PYRE is not only the physical and visual reflection of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that shook our world, it’s a sculpture of hope and recovery. Cities across the globe turned into ghost towns as people died everyday. Countless of the dead did not get last rites and their loved ones left to grieve without saying their goodbyes. This memorial is a critique of how states failed our communities in an international crisis. The intent of this sculpture is to provide a place of reflection and remembrance, as we move towards recovery from COVID-19 globally
PYRE is a space that reflects on loss, empathy and the transitory nature of life.

Pier 35 will host PYRE
PYRE is the first Art sculpture to be installed at Pier 35 , which opened in 2019. Pier 35 is a haven for forward-thinking urban resiliency and sustainability.
A unique public experience of the PYRE is to live through the transition of the pandemic in real-time in the world's most extensive open free gallery.

How can you help?
I am seeking funding of $100k to support building this project. Please see below the outlined costs associated with the project.

Social & Future Impact
The footprint of the PYRE is a temporary sanctuary serving to reflect on the lives of millions who did not have last rites with dignity.
It is......
  • A clarion call for action in response to failed policies during the pandemic that disproportionately impacted the underprivileged around the globe.
  • An actionable hope for lessons learned from the pandemic to design a more equitable world for all.
  • It is a unique opportunity where you, as Supporters, are leaders spearheading the conversation needed in our difficult times. Your efforts will be recognized in plaques hosted in the most extensive open gallery in the world.
It is a space for Empathy, Activism and Hope.


Satpal Kaur
New York, NY

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