A large-scale public art installation titled Gratitude launches today in Birmingham, UK, calling for artists and businesses to contribute to a series of sculptures paying tribute to the NHS and key workers. Put together by public art producer Wild in Art, the piece comprises 49 sculptures taking an anonymous human form, to be used as a blank canvas by different artists from across the UK’s nations and regions. Creatives will be asked to adorn their piece with a surface design that honours key workers and tells a story about this year. The project also invites brands, businesses and private individuals to sponsor a sculpture to raise funds for charity and work with the artist.
The project launches today (30 September) at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with three designs by local artists MrASingh, Jess Perrin and Nisha Grover. The final series of 49 decorated sculptures will be displayed in the city on 5 July 2021, the NHS’ official birthday, before touring the UK. Then the sculptures will be auctioned with proceeds donated to NHS Charities Together.
Wild in Art says in a statement that the installation “invites contemplation,” and is intended to be impactful and reflective. “We hope people can find a connection with one or multiple pieces,” adds Ben Reed, head of creative development for the producer. Contributing artist MrASingh comments that it’s “a nice opportunity for artists to showcase their gratitude through art and storytelling,” while fellow artist Jess Perrin says she sees the collection of figures as a symbol for “the community coming back together”.
Find out more about how to register your interest in contributing a design, sponsoring a sculpture or hosting the installation here.
GalleryWild in Art: Gratitude (Copyright © Daniel Graves Photography, 2020)
Wild in Art: Gratitude (Copyright © Daniel Graves Photography, 2020)