Luke Jerram’s ceremonial art installation has been created as a memorial to those we have lost in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hippodrome Festivals presented In Memoriam at Aston Park in partnership with BrumYODO as part of A Matter of Life and Death Festival.

In Memoriam is designed to be an evocative symbol of local, national, and international solidarity, and is a space for reflection, remembrance, and recognition. 

The flags are created from NHS bed sheets and arranged in the form of a medical logo, referencing those people who have been in hospital and care homes during this crisis. The artwork allowed the public to enter, contemplate and explore whilst adhering to social distancing.

Luke Jerram is an artist renowned worldwide for his large-scale public engagement artworks. His multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, and live arts projects.

BrumYODO are a collective aiming to help the people of Birmingham to have more open and honest conversations about Death and Dying.

The installation coincided with Dying Matters Awareness Week, providing an opportunity for audiences to open up conversations around death, dying and bereavement.

Photos by Finnbarr Webster and Adam Hillier.