‘In Memoriam’: a touching tribute to losses experienced during COVID-19


By Bibiana Lebersorger, News Reporter

From 1 - 17 October, College Green will be displaying Luke Jerram’s ceremonial art installation to commemorate the devastating losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the rainy skies, local artist Luke Jerram’s touring artwork is now in situ on College Green, creating a collective space for both reflection and remembrance of those who were tragically lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a chance to pay tribute to the work of the NHS.

100 flags, made from NHS hospital bed sheets, form an unmissable display against the backdrop of the City Hall and Bristol Cathedral.

The artwork was originally commissioned in 2020 by the Arts and Culture Programme at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust (UHBW) and Culture Weston.

Following its commission, the artwork has travelled throughout the UK and Europe, making its way back to Bristol.

Luke Jerram reflects on his intentions for the installation by saying ‘It’s great to finally bring the artwork home to Bristol. This piece reflects changing moods and atmospheres according to the weather and how visitors interact with it. I hope this artwork will create a framed space and moment in time for personal and shared reflection.’

The installation will be displayed until 17 October, during which time Bristol Cathedral is supporting the project by welcoming visitors through its doors to light a candle in memory of a lost loved one, as well as the chance to write commemorative messages.

Featured image: Epigram / Bibiana Lebersorger

Have you seen the display on College Green in Bristol?