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.

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 hours.

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.

Marie Curie ambassadors Frankie Bridge and Stephen Mangan both attended the launch in support of the work done by the charity.

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 bringing to life the individual stories of only a handful of people who are affected by terminal illness each year.

Visitors can also leave behind a memory of someone they love by writing a message 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.

Marie Curie Ambassador Frankie Bridge said, ‘The Garden of Light is a beautiful place to reflect on the amazing work carried out by Marie Curie Nurses and to remember the people we love.

‘I’ll be wearing my Marie Curie daffodil throughout March for all the people I have loved and to raise awareness of the work the charity does. I really hope people join me in making every daffodil count to ensure more people get the care and support they need from these incredible nurses.’



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