Manchester artist releases uplifting new lockdown piece in support of NHS

An independent artist from Prestwich has produced an incredible kaleidoscopic wall hanging to commemorate national spirit in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

The perspex ‘Bird of Hope’, designed by Chava Erlanger, has been created to serve as a lasting memento to the time spent indoors during lockdown.

Featuring the ubiquitous rainbow of hope, the artwork captures the hopeful side of the British public’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A percentage of purchase revenue will be rerouted to the NHS – creating additional funds for the health sector.

Chava – whose previous work is on permanent display at Imperial War Museum North – has been shielding at home for months to protect the health of her son, and is hoping her latest piece will encourage people to keep hold of the lessons learnt in 2020.

“For many, lockdown has been a time of reflection,” says Chava.

“So many of us plan to make changes to our lives, to be happier, healthier, closer to loved ones and more engaged in our communities. There are lots of positives to take from this time, and my artwork is reflective of these hopeful intentions.”

Chava, who grew up in Israel during the Gulf War, uses art as a tool to help those going through traumatic life events.

“Through my work, I examine the human response to disaster, both good and bad,” she explains.

“We have collectively, globally, been through a trauma. Personally, I have been contemplating my own family history – the loss of my freedom of movement leading me to reflect on my grandmother’s experience during the holocaust, which she survived. I am interested in the way we move from darkness to light.

“This piece focuses on the brighter side of our recent experience; the kindness and goodness of people, and the ways we come together to strengthen each other. 

“As restrictions ease, I hope that we’ll continue to think of each other and the need for continued focus to keep each other safe. My aim is to bring that feeling of hope and togetherness into our homes permanently.”

Chava’s artwork is priced at £45 and is available to buy from her website.

The artist will also be taking commissions for spectacular LED versions of the piece, which will measure 1m x 60cm.

Only five limited edition LED birds will be produced – priced at £5,000 – with 10 per cent of the profits being donated to the NHS.

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