Virtual Winter Solstice 2020 Celebration

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On the night of the Winter Solstice Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA held its most important annual tradition, the Candle Lighting Service. For the first time in 28 years, it became a hybrid event since only a few people could gather at the Cemetery, and the rest gathered online to bring light and love into the darkness.

Rob Bethel, Cellist—Photography by Aram Boghosian

Mount Auburn Cemetery worked in collaboration with Boston-based MASARY Studios, to thoughtfully reimagine the Virtual Candle Lighting Service. As a media arts studio, MASARY enriched the annual event with new reflection and remembrance opportunities.

Bigelow Chapel Interior—Photograph by Aram Boghosian

This year’s virtual service included the hallmarks of the traditional event: words of comfort, musical interludes, and moments of reflection. Candles lit in memory of all those we have loved and lost, a central element to the Service was also present this year. New this year was a special memorial tribute video, which was projected on the exterior façade of Bigelow Chapel during the live broadcast.

MASARY Studios selected AVFX to provide technical support with projection, lighting, audio, and camera work.

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