A new public art installation celebrating key workers arrives in St. Peter’s Square in September.
51 sculptures, each designed by British artists and designers, will make up the installation, with Manchester artists Lei-Mai LeMaow, Guy McKinley and Jodie Silverman joining a group of other acclaimed British artists.
The installation – titled Gratitude – was produced by Wild in Art, the team behind Manchester’s Bee in the City artistic journey in 2018.
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It was organized in partnership with Dame Zandra Rhodes.
The sculptures will be beset with mirrors, creating endless reflections of the army of sculptures dedicated to the bravery displayed by NHS staff and other key workers during the pandemic.
Actual stories and poems about key workers will also be shared, with some recorded by Manchester actors like Christopher Eccleston of Doctor Who, John Thomson of Cold Feet and Shobna Gulati of Coronation Street.
These will include tributes to NHS staff, teachers and transport workers, intending to take participants “on a journey of quiet reflection while viewing the stunning works of art”.
“Gratitude should be a beautiful and striking tribute that celebrates the incredible courage and dedication of UK NHS staff and all key workers,” said Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Wild in Art.
“We are delighted to be making our visit to St Peter’s Square in Manchester.”
Gratitude will make its Birmingham debut before arriving in Manchester between September 3-12, then moving to Edinburgh and London.
The sculptures on display will then be auctioned off, with “substantial proceeds” going to the NHS Charities Together.
Although the installation is free, you will need to reserve an allocated time slot – of which there will be a limited amount for each day.
Time slots for the first public opening in St Peters Square will be available for booking from 10 a.m. on August 13 here.
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