Charity Marie Curie Opens Immersive Art Installation 'Garden of Light' in London

Thousands of handmade daffodils illuminate to celebrate the Great Daffodil Appeal 2017.

Thousands of handmade daffodils are shining in London’s Paternoster Square in a new immersive art installation to mark the launch of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2017.      

Image courtesy of Marie Curie 

The ‘Garden of Light’ features 2,100 illuminated handcrafted daffodils, each representing a Marie Curie Nurse. The daffodils illuminate at night to symbolise the 'light' these nurses bring to people living with a terminal illness in their darkest days.

The installation, created by renowned public artists Greyworld, is open to the public in London from 1st March to 12th March but will also travel the country and open to visitors in Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Image courtesy of Marie Curie 

It features winding pathways for the public to walk amongst the flowers whilst they hear recordings of voices reading real-life letters sent to Marie Curie Nurses from the families of patients they’ve supported.

Visitors can also take part in the installation by writing a memory on a petal and placing it on the ‘Memory Wall’, which over the course of the installation will form a giant daffodil made of memories.

Image courtesy of Marie Curie 

Dr Jane Collins, CEO of Marie Curie said, 'This beautiful garden is a testament to the invaluable difference that Marie Curie Nurses and our hospices make every day to the lives of those who are affected by terminal illness. But I hope that people who visit it will also be reminded that not everyone in the UK is currently receiving the care and support that they deserve at the end of their lives.'

'I hope the Garden of Light encourages more people than ever to wear a daffodil this year and show their support. Together we can really make every daffodil count.'

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