The Healing Garden has become a place for love and memories. After the tragic event that took place in Las Vegas on October 1 of 2017. This terrible event left so many in the Las Vegas community devastated. And Square Shooting was no exception to the heartbreak. The terrible news and loss spread across the valley that first day. However, our hearts were quickly filled with overwhelming love and pride.
We started to see our city rapidly come together in powerful ways. Lines for literal days at the blood banks. Moms and dads bringing food and water to the first responders. Small and big businesses reaching out to offer any help they could. The whole city seemed to drop everything and lend a hand. That day, and the days that followed, the community earned the newly coined phrase “Vegas Strong”.
One of the beautiful creations to come from people pulling together is the Healing Garden. As a result, a park was built by volunteers. This park would help the community heal from the October 1 tragedy. It was constructed in only four days. It lies at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd and has been open to public since October 6th 2017. The Healing Garden offers a place for the public to gather and mourn. As well as leave mementos to celebrate the lives that were effected by this sad event.
The park features 58 individual trees. Each one is dedicated to represent a life that was lost during the tragedy. Starting a short two weeks later, Square Shooting was honored with the responsibility of capturing its evolution. It was our task to document the mementos that have been carefully left behind.
Our small role in the Healing Garden
Every two weeks at sunrise Square Shooting goes to the Healing Garden. We then capture the entire area with great reverence. After that, representatives from the city clears those mementos that have aged and the flowers that have wilted. Those items are then taken to the Nevada State Museum where they are archived.
This project has been so meaningful to us Squares. Because every two weeks we are faced with taking time to remember the event and the people it has effected. Every two weeks we shed a tear. Every two weeks we remember how strong this community really is. In addition, every two weeks our hearts are filled with joy to be a part of it.
We live in a society were everything is consumed so quickly. We watch whole seasons of a show in a day. And a tragic news headline is forgotten within moments for the next viral video. We often forget to take time to be in the moment. And to remember such a moving and life altering event. We take time every couple weeks to relive how this amazing community came together. As a result, it is a powerful way helps us appreciate what we have. And how thankful we are to have it.
Here is our story of how the Healing Garden has helped us heal. Told in the way we best know how to tell stories. Through our photos.