City Council supports tribute to NHS workers in South Park

Published: Tuesday, 20th July 2021

Oxford City Council has supported the creation of an outdoor art installation and tribute to NHS workers which was unveiled on 19 July in South Park.

The installation was created by the organisation Standing with Giants in conjunction with local artist Dan Barton.

It features approximately 300 life-size figures representing NHS workers as a tribute to the staff members who have tirelessly worked through the coronavirus pandemic and to those who have lost their lives in the process.

The site also features a tribute tent, created to give the public a chance to record a message for a family member, friend or co-worker.

The figures will remain in South Park for until Sunday 1 August to provide the public with the opportunity to use the space to reflect on their experiences of the pandemic so far.

Standing with Giants is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to honour those who have given their lives to protect the freedoms of the public.

Previously, the organisation has assembled 200 life-size soldier silhouettes at Blenheim Palace to mark Remembrance Sunday and to honour those who have died in the line of duty.

Further details about Standing with Giants and their installation can be found on their website.

“This installation has been created as a tribute to all NHS and front-line workers who have lost their lives during the fight against Covid-19, and to show the families and friends who have lost loved ones that they will not be forgotten.

“Myself and my small team of dedicated volunteers have been working hard over the past three months to create this handmade, hand painted tribute from upcycled materials. Our intention is to take these figures on tour around the country by creating meaningful spaces for people to visit, reflect and look to the future.”

Dan Barton, local artist and creator of the Standing with Giants installation

“The Standing with Giants installation is a moving and thoughtful piece of art. It gives us all a chance to reflect on our experiences over the past year and a half and the loved ones we have lost.                                                                                                      

“I encourage members of the public to visit the space to experience the atmosphere the artist has created and allow themselves a moment for contemplation and the opportunity to grieve.”

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at Oxford City Council