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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

'Broken Pieces of Our Lives': A Laguna Beach Gallery Memorializes Covid-19 Victims

The collective grief of the coronavirus pandemic finds an artistic outlet inside the walls of the Coastal Eddy Gallery in Laguna Beach. That’s where “Shards: In Memoriam” remembers the deceased through pieces of broken ceramics gathered on the floor, each adorned with the name of a loved one passed on.

It’s a simple and solemn display — one that continues to grow.

Robin Lee Riddell, owner of Coastal Eddy and a ceramic artist, felt the pandemic’s toll weigh heavily on her mind a year ago. The gallery remained shuttered as the deaths continued to mount.

“I just kept hearing about all these people dying,” she said. “I thought I needed to create some sort of memorial.”

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