Striking piece of art created by the Broxbourne resident and business owner as part of the Anthony Gormley National Art Project
Brigitte Hopkins has created a new artwork to represent our emergence from the Covid-19 crisis and Lockdown 3. The Broxbourne resident, artist and owner of Creature Cavorts pet-sitting and dog trekking business has called the striking 4 feet by 4 feet canvas Phoenix Covidae 21 and has mounted it on the outside wall of her home.
She was inspired to create the piece as part of the Sir Anthony Gormley National Art Project. Earlier this year the sculptor called on the British public to take part in the Great Big Art Exhibition by making an artwork at home and displaying it in their window or garden.
The creator of the Angel of the North told the BBC that his ambition was to “create country-wide show of imagination and optimism, inspired by the rainbow images people made to celebrate the NHS and keyworkers during the first lockdown.”
Brigitte used cutlery in the piece to express how hard-hit the hospitality sectors have been by the Covid crisis. “The cutlery represents the loss of the hospitality/entertainment business due to Covid 19, the loss of socialisation and extended family get-togethers,” she explains. “The plastic ones are symbolic of glittery, fakery, disposable commercialism and all that we’ve gone without and don’t necessarily need.
“The wooden cutlery promotes change to the natural and the better for our world and our children’s children. The claws are candles and represent loss of loved ones to Covid, while the mask ashes are symbolic of transformation from the ashes of Covid to a better tomorrow.”
More information on how to take part in the UK-wide project, including a free activity pack, is available from arts organisation FirstSite.