Volunteers and bereaved families and friends of Covid-19 victims are working on a mural featuring almost 150,000 hearts to give a ‘visual representation’ to each life lost during the pandemic.
The Covid-19 Memorial Wall outside St Thomas’ Hospital in central London is expected to stretch more than a kilometre long when finished.
Despite being opposite the Houses of Parliament, the memorial wall is not meant to be ‘political or antagonistic’, its creators say. Rather, its aim is to provide a ‘visual representation’ of every life lost.
“This is an outpouring of love,” said Matt Fowler, co-founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, the campaign group behind the initiative.
“Each heart is individually hand-painted – utterly unique, just like the loved ones we’ve lost. And like the scale of our collective loss, this memorial is going to be enormous,” added Mr Fowler, who lost his dad Ian, 56, to the virus.
Picture: Volunteers work on the Covid-19 Memorial Wall. (Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice).