The Erie community had the opportunity to step inside the Arlington National Cemetery this weekend without needing to travel.
Brooklyn photographer Phil Buehler created “Gold Star Families.”
It’s this cyclorama-style, panoramic image of the Arlington National Cemetery.
It’s made of 1,000 photos stitched together creating an image you can actually walk in to.
Buehler says stepping inside people find themselves standing in front of captain Khan’s headstone, see flowers, stones and teddy bears left for Captain Khan’s Gold Star parents, as well as other visiting Gold Star families mourning in the background.
Buehler says, “I think it really, you can put aside your politics for a moment and just step inside and really understand what these Gold Star families go througha little bit, as much as you could.”
“Gold Star Families” was the first of the Eyewash Projects here in Erie.
The founder Larry Walczak says he plans to bring more artists from Brooklyn here to Erie for future exhibits.