Debut of a Cyclorama Honoring Gold Star Families

Presented by eyewash Projects

Open to the public and free of charge

DATE & TIME:  Thursday Oct 27th – Saturday, Oct 29th, noon to 8:00 pm

LOCATION:  PACA, 1505 State St. Erie, PA
Street level, wheelchair accessible

ERIE, PA (October 18, 2016): Brooklyn photographer Phil Buehler will exhibit for the first time this tribute to Gold Star Families at the Performing Arts Collective Alliance. “Gold Star Families” is a walk-in panoramic image made from 1,000 photographs that lets viewers journey to Arlington National Cemetery. It is similar to the painted Cyclorama at Gettysburg, although its intimate scale creates an incredibly moving experience.

Before the Presidential election, few people outside the military had heard of Gold Star Families or could truly comprehend the enormity of their sacrifices. Stepping inside, viewers will find themselves standing in front of Captain Humayun Khan’s headstone and see flowers, small stones, a teddy bear and letters left for Captain Khan’s Gold Star parents, Khizr and Ghazala. Surrounded by headstones spreading as far as the eye can see, viewers will see the Crescent Moon and Star on Captain Khan’s headstone alongside Christian, Mormon, Buddhist and other religious symbols. Off in the distance can be seen a funeral procession with a horse-drawn carriage as well as visiting Gold Star Families.


ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPER: Buehler is considered the founder of “modern ruins” photography, having photographed abandoned places for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and his photographs have been exhibited in art galleries and museums including PS1/MOMA and the Bronx Museum, and a book of his photographs was published in 2014 and won several awards. Additional information is available at his website,

ABOUT EYEWASH PROJECTS: Founded twenty years ago by Larry Walczak in an apartment in a turn-of-the-century tenement building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, eyewash Projects has evolved into a migratory gallery/project that has traveled to Erie, PA. eyewash has been covered in the New York Times, Art in America, ArtNet, ArtNews, The New Yorker, CNN, NBC, NPR as well as other international periodicals and blogs. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Larry Walczak at 814-520-8086 or