Linda Brant, , Grantee Link >
The goal of the project is to build a monument dedicated to animals we do not mourn and install it at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York. The cemetery is known as The Peaceable Kingdom because all species are welcome there. It will be located near the War Dog Memorial. The monument will stand for all unmourned animals, and will feature a cast bronze cattle skull with a faceted quartz crystal in the position of the third eye, as a symbol of compassion. Since Hartsdale Pet Cemetery is on protected land, the monument will be a lasting, public expression of the significance of the lives of these individuals.
Linda is currently in the process of curating an art exhibit at the Orlando Science Center in Orlando, FL, called “Love and Loss Across Species: The Neuroscience of Attachment.” The exhibit will be in the Fusion Gallery, which features Art and Science related works. It is currently scheduled to run February through April, 2021. The exhibit will feature artworks, a presentation of research findings, and a community-based All Species Memorial project.
In the artworks component, Linda and other artists will focus on human-animal bonds, bonds formed between humans and animals not known to us (farmed animals, animals that are endangered) and the process of loss and grieving in both humans and non-humans. Linda will show a video on her Monument To Animals We Do Not Mourn (a CAF 2015/16 project) at the exhibit, to bring awareness to the project. The All Species Memorial project invites anyone to decorate a paper lantern, sent by Linda, in honor of an animal that they loved and lost, or in honor of any animal (known or unknown) that they choose. To participate, one can email Linda. Finally, for her research findings, Linda has brought together a team of 3 Florida licensed psychologists (including herself) to develop a series of text panels that depict findings from research on attachment processes (what happens in the brain), descriptions and images of attachment-related behaviors observed across species, and findings related to mourning or grief when relational bonds (human and nonhuman) are broken.