Damien Hirst creates new work 'Butterfly Rainbow' in support of the NHS
Damien Hirst, Butterfly Rainbow, 2020. ©Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Damien Hirst creates new work ‘Butterfly Rainbow’ in support of the NHS

British artist Damien Hirst has created ‘Butterfly Rainbow’, his latest piece of work designed to help support the National Health Service.

Critically underfunded and heavily overworked, the NHS and its valiant workers have been battling day and night to help stem the rising numbers of coronavirus pandemic.

With numbers of confirmed cases coinciding with the rising death toll, the NHS continues to battle against the heavy flow of people flocking to the hospital while showing symptoms of COVID-19. While fundraisers pop up around the country, Hirst has provided his latest work in an effort to show solidarity with the NHS and its workers

“I wanted to do something to pay tribute to the wonderful work NHS staff are doing in hospitals around the country,” the artist said in a statement through his official website.

He added: “The rainbow is a sign of hope and I think it is brilliant that parents and children are creating their own version and putting them up in the windows of their homes.” Hirst has also revealed plans to sell special print editions to raise more money for health workers.

Butterfly Rainbow can be downloaded from Hirst’s website with the hope that people around the country will place it in their windows to show support. The world was also printed on the back page of The Standard newspaper.

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I’m in awe of the charity-workers and community groups across the country who are risking their lives and health to deliver food to the most vulnerable in this time of crisis. I wanted to pay tribute to them so I also made this heart using the colours of the rainbow, a symbol of solidarity and hope, to support the Evening Standard and The Independent’s campaign to raise money for these vital organisations. It’ll be printed in today’s Evening Standard so if you’re able to then pick up a copy and stick it up and show some love and hope in your window. I will also be releasing this one as a print, and the money will be going to support the hungry and those helping them; stay tuned for more info.

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