Facing the Parliament of London, on the other side of the Thames, several dozen people have been making since Monday a giant fresco of small hearts symbolizing each victim carried away by the Covid-19.
Pencil in hand, they carefully draw each heart, in red, pink or purple, thinking of their friend or loved one lost during the pandemic.
“Each heart that we have drawn here is entirely unique, like each of the people who have died.
Each of them had friends and family whom they miss horribly every day, ”says Matthew Fowler, co-founder of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families For Justice UK association, who came up with the idea of creating this memorial.
Matthew also first drew a heart in honor of his father, Ian Fowler, who died of the Covid, with the inside, his initials: IF
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Like him, Harry, a teacher in Bristol, has lost loved ones.
"It's about mourning, it's about recognizing it and remembering it," he says between two strokes of the pencils.
For eight days, the members of the association will take turns making around 150,000 hearts on a wall 500 meters long.
That is the rounded number (for the moment, there are 126,000) of people who died during the pandemic in the United Kingdom.
“Every heart for a missing person.
The idea is that as the number of victims increases, we will continue to add hearts every day to make it a living memorial, ”says Matthew Fowler.