I had some free time while in London for work last week (lucky me) and I stumbled across this stunning wall of pink hearts along the Thames. It’s actually a wall of 150,00 individual pink hearts, each one painted on by volunteers just outside St Tommy’s hospital, directly facing Westminster.
Started quietly as a project by, among others Led By Donkeys, it’s now the semi-official Covid Memorial in #London. I’ve seen other modern memorials, in Washington DC, New York or Berlin, but the simple gesture of taking over this public space and its quiet everyday place in the life of the city was almost more moving.
Volunteers bought up most of the pink Posca pens in the country and spent 10 days creating the 8x8cm hearts, surprisingly unbothered by the authorities. People have travelled to London to write their own message on the wall or had volunteers do it for them.
Why 150,000 hearts? That’s the number of people that have so far died in the UK from Covid. The wall might not last, the hearts are starting to fade – all the more reason to visit and take photos.
Read more in this Guardian story https://bit.ly/3FED9TR