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150,000 hearts representing lives lost to coronavirus in the UK line the COVID Memorial Wall in London

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April 12, 2021

Grace Ebert

All photos © Henri Calderon for Colossal

Red hearts, almost 500 meters in size, will soon cover a concrete surface facing the Thames in London. Now known as the National COVID Memorial Wall, the poignant exhibit publicly commemorates the 150,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. Each heart represents a sacrifice with short messages of sadness, love and memory written by loved ones in their centers. It takes about ten minutes to go through the entire project, which is an amazing reminder of the virus’s destruction.

Coordinated by COVID-19 bereaved families for justiceThe two meter high wall is between the Westminster and Lambeth bridges opposite the Houses of Parliament. According to The guardMatt Fowler is leading the ongoing project, which he began a few weeks ago by painting 15,000 hearts on the facade. His father died of the virus last April. “When you see all of the hearts and think about what each one is, it’s absolutely scary,” says Fowler.

The organizers are still to collect money for deliveries to complete all 150,000 hearts – although official government statistics currently reflect this 149,000 deathsThis is the biggest loss in Europe. Volunteers will continue to paint to account for all victims. Talks are also in the works on preserving the monument to ensure it is an integral part of London.

Photographer last weekend Henri Calderon captured images for Colossal documenting the progress of the monument which you can see below.

# COVID-19
#Health
#Heart
#Monument
# public art

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