Londoners are hand-drawing nearly 150,000 red hearts on the National Covid Memorial Wall outside St. Thomas’ Hospital to remember those who have died during the pandemic.
In a heartbreakingly beautiful tribute to the almost 150,000 people who have died from COVID-19, a half-kilometer-long National Covid Memorial Wall on the South Bank outside of St. Thomas’ Hospital is being hand-painted with red hearts for each life lost to the pandemic. (All images by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash)
The mural is organised by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, a campaign group dedicated to supporting bereaved families who have lost loved ones to the novel coronavirus. The group’s members, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, are currently working in socially-distanced groups of six to paint the hearts one by one—a project that is expected to take them a few days to complete.
In a public crowdfunding campaign, Matt Fowler, co-founder of the organisation, explains: “Each heart represents someone who was loved. Someone who was lost too soon to Covid-19.” He adds: “Every heart is hand-drawn and unique – just like the loved ones we mourn. Once installed we will keep this living memorial up to date, adding hearts daily until the pandemic is over.”
The beautiful tribute invites all those affected by loss to share their grief through the display of love that the National Covid Memorial Wall represents.