NHS public art installation / 2021 (updated news 2022)
About The Exhibition:
The image of key workers standing together, but apart, is one of the abiding images of our times – each worker socially distancing and standing apart, while at the same time showing a unique coming together. Gratitude is a spectacular outdoor public art installation which commemorates and celebrates the stories of this extraordinary moment in time.
The exhibition launched in Birmingham in 2021 and toured across the UK. Gratitude brought together uniquely-designed human form sculptures to acknowledge key workers and pay tribute to the NHS.
After touring the UK in accessible locations including Birmingham, Edinburgh and London, the sculptures were auctioned off in autumn 2021 with proceeds donated to NHS Charities Together.
The 'Community Strength' sculpture was purchased by HSBC UK and is now permanently located at their headquarters in Centenary Square, Birmingham. It looks pretty awesome in their reception!
About The Sculpture:
'An Oscar For Key Workers'
"My sculpture is dedicated to all of the fantastic voluntary key workers from diverse backgrounds and walks of life who played a pivotal role during the pandemic and continue to do so today.
I created an elegant sculpture that represents their value and unique contributions, wrapped in a ‘quilt of appreciation and protection’. This was done by using a combination of rich metallic colours, texture and glitter, with strong geometric shapes that contrast the androgynous curvature of the overall sculpture."
Photographers - Daniel Graves, Amrit Singh, HSBC
Materials - Fiberglass sculpture. Metallic, chrome and texture spray paint
Charity: NHS Charities Together