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Intriguing new art display available for all to see at Coombe Abbey Park


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Visitors are invited to walk and move amongst 300 life-sized NHS inspired figures, which will be on display from Monday 11 October until Friday 29 October 2021 in Coventry’s Coombe Abbey Park.


The installation is the work of ‘Standing with Giants’, a not-for-profit organisation based in Oxfordshire, founded by Artist Dan Barton and enabled by a team of dedicated community volunteers who have worked tirelessly this summer to create this poignant and epic tribute.


The unique figures are all created from upcycled composite aluminium boards and attached to steel frames. They are individually hand-cut, painted and assembled, and took the team three months to produce.


Dan himself commented: “We are so excited to be visiting Coventry, especially with it being the City of Culture this year. This is such a worthy and timely project and follows our ethos of remembering those who have given their lives for the freedom of others.


“This particular installation is to remember those NHS workers who lost their lives on the front line fighting Covid-19, whilst offering a massive thank you for the care and dedication given by current NHS and frontline staff, now and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.”


Coventry City Council are supporting Standing with Giants by hosting the outdoor exhibition at its Coombe Abbey Park venue, and Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the display close up. It is a fitting way to recognise the efforts of all key workers during the difficult months of the COVID pandemic, and I’m sure local people will value the chance to see the exhibit while at the park.”


The project relies heavily on its volunteers and the generosity of others and are always on the lookout for local volunteers to join them in helping with installing the figures or to marshall throughout the event. This is a fantastic opportunity to give back to the wonderful people who do so much for us all. If you’d like to be involved, please email the organisers at [email protected]


Written by: David Watkins

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