150,000 painted hearts, each for a life lost to Covid-19 in Britain

150,000 painted hearts, each for a life lost to Covid-19 in Britain

The Straits Times - World·2021-04-02 06:08

LONDON (NYTIMES) - Ms Paula Smith couldn't hold back her tears as she faced a sea of hand-painted red hearts covering a wall along the River Thames, each unique, each representing someone who died of Covid-19 in Britain.

With the tears welling in her eyes, Ms Smith got back to work painting dozens more hearts on the memorial wall as passersby stopped to watch. One heart was larger than the others, and on it she wrote in black letters: "Frank Stevens 1941-2020" - a tribute to her 78-year-old father, who died last April.

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