‘Rainbows for the NHS’ is a giant interactive ‘mosaic of hope’, made up of thousands of pictures and stories, submitted to The People’s Picture during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Helen Marshall, from The People’s Picture says: “As an artist I was really moved by the collective creative response of the nation to the pandemic and, like everybody else, I wanted to do something. I particularly wanted the NHS staff, key workers and carers stories to be highlighted.”
The People’s Picture launched the call for entries at London Piccadilly Lights on 22 June 2020. They received thousands of entries from which to create the final artwork.
Martin Machray, joint chief nurse for the NHS in London says: "This an inclusive and safe way for the nation to connect and thank our NHS, key workers and carers through art. It’s wonderful to have so many images and people represented; each an individual story of hope and testament to this important moment in history."
Viewing the online exhibit is a fascinating and emotional experience. Visitors can zoom into each of the individual images and read a little of the stories behind them. As well as appearing online, the mosaic will also be on show nationally in selected shopping centres (including Bluewater and St David's Cardiff) and The People's Picture hope it will eventually become a historic legacy piece for the NHS.
Explore the online artwork and read the stories behind the photographs here.
Picture copyright: www.gbphotos.com Guy Bell