Response from Members of the Public
“Thank you for introducing me to this tribute by @lukejerram. Since losing my Mum and Dad to Covid within 7 weeks of one another this is the closest I have felt to them.” Visitor to the artwork in Bournemouth.
“Connecting the earth to the sky, it’s almost like a temporary Stonehenge made of bedsheets!” Visitor to the artwork in London.
“It’s a symbol of hope.” Visitor to the artwork in Bournemouth.
“I visited last Saturday and standing inside listening to the sheets flapping around was spine tingling….” Visitor to the artwork in Harrogate.
“I think it’s got a real impact, and I love the sound the flags make.” Visitor to the artwork in Bournemouth.
“I felt quite emotional actually, reading about the installation and I did shed a little tear. It just brought back to me the feelings of when this all started, and also what everybody’s been through, us as the nursing community, and everybody as a wider public as well. It was a little bit emotional but actually it was lovely to walk through it and just feel part of it.” Healthcare worker during visit to the artwork in Worcester.
“It was a nice opportunity to reflect on what’s been happening around us in the last few months and it felt quite peaceful. Certainly the fact it’s made of bedsheets was very significant. I hadn’t appreciated that until I read the information on the notice board but that’s quite poignant.” Visitor to the artwork in Worcester.
“The sounds that it makes… it’s a bit eerie. When we went into lockdown, it was eerily silent. I had to go to work, and it was my quickest journey ever because there was nobody about.” Healthcare worker during visit to the artwork in Worcester.
“You’ll think in a different way probably than the rest of the population. So, you’re thinking of pandemic, you’re thinking of illness, you’re thinking of the care people should be taking. You can’t escape from your medical background, it controls your whole attitude towards health. In anyway one can make people appreciate them for their work because I think maybe in the past we haven’t always appreciated them for their hours and what they’ve done.” Healthcare worker during visit to the artwork in Worcester.
“I felt a bit lost in it really. Looking around and then back up at it, it’s huge scale, it made me feel a little part of something.” Visitor to the artwork in Worcester.
“The weather influenced the impact of the installation. It was transformed by a sunny, breezy day with the flags flapping loudly in the wind, when it really did convey a sense of memorialising in a very moving way.” Visitor to the artwork in London.
Response from Festival Directors
The power of this artwork is that it gives people an opportunity to pause and to reflect, for those who may be experiencing grief. For me, the sound of it, the passion of it, the almost violence of it, gives you an opportunity to express some of those painful feelings in a really safe, comforting and held way.” Anna Farthing, NHS Arts Curator.
“We were delighted to host In Memoriam at the 2020 Arts by the Sea festival. While devising the festival programme, we wanted to find a way to highlight the loss and impact of Covid-19, while offering audiences solace and an opportunity to heal. Luke’s installation gave us the opportunity to do this, creating an artistic acknowledgment of the pandemic that was unique, thoughtful and uplifting. On the final night of its presentation in Bournemouth, Luke allowed us to light the installation red as part of the #wemakeevents campaigns – further highlighting the impact of Covid 19 on the cultural sector.” Roxy Robinson, Creative Director, From the Fields.