This amazing exhibition of sculptures pays tribute to the sterling efforts of the NHS and key workers during the pandemic. The 51 sculptures, each with their own unique take on the days of the pandemic, is on tour around the country. The first stop was Chamberlain Square Birmingham. Several artists came together to illustrate each sculpture with a particular theme. The overall creative ambassador was Dame Zandra Rhodes and there were many different art organisations collaborating on this public art project. Much of the information is on the Gratitude web site.
We had tickets for the August Bank Holiday. Arriving in the square, the sculptures are placed towards the back. They are arranged in rows and have a mirrored backdrop. The challenge was to take photographs that no one else had taken. I had previously looked on social media and seen all the different variations. I enjoyed the story telling aspect on each Sculpture. I want to say statues but that would not do justice to the explosion of art that is on view. They are fun to wander around and see people’s reaction.
The Faces of Lockdown referred to as the Boris Johnson statue is an immediate favourite although there are many others included Hans inspired by the Clap for the NHS and my personal favourite Creative Resilience which features a dancer, and her stare is penetrating, grabbing your attention.So here is my photographic record of Gratitude and I have put a caption with each picture to provide a background to the experience of seeing the sculptures. All pictures were taken with my Fujifilm x100v
If you found this post interesting then please visit my account of In Memoriam by Luke Jerram which was exhibited near to Aston Hall