Artist Luke Jerram is creating a memorial arts project in memory of those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. On Saturday 23rd March, the four-year anniversary since the first UK lockdown began, specially made kites will be flown at a small memorial event. This will allow the participants an opportunity to remember their loved ones, celebrate their lives and grieve their loss at a time when much of the world is moving on from the effects of the pandemic. This project will be a way of supporting and connecting the community in the city and the act of flying the kites may act as a form of healing for those taking part and for those watching.
In early 2024 a call out for participants was launched. We asked people to send in a photo of someone they lost during the pandemic and want to remember. Luke is now applying these photos onto specially made kites. Participants will be invited to take part in the FREE event and come to fly their special memorial kite on 23rd March on a hill in Bristol (exact location to be confirmed later). Participants will be allowed to keep their kites after the event if they wish.
The callout for participants is now closed. Thank you to everyone who has already been in touch to submit photos of their loved ones, we will be in touch again soon.
Luke said “There’s something wonderful about flying kites. It’s a way for me to help connect the ground, to the sky. Most cultures around the world, have a spiritual connection to the sky. The sky often represents transcendence, infinity, eternity, location of heaven and the residence of the gods. For this arts project, each kite line physically and symbolically connects the participant flying the kite with the person represented on it. Like neural pathways, the act of holding the line can compared to the way we hold onto memories of the individuals we have lost.”