Get Involved – Make Your Own Flags
From the 8th – 16th May BrumYODO and Birmingham Hippodrome will be presenting In Memoriam, an open-air art installation in Aston Park as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week. In Memoriam is a temporary memorial for the public to visit and remember all those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was also made in tribute to the NHS health and care workers and volunteers who have been risking their lives during the crisis. It is made up of 120 white and blue flags made out of bedsheets in the shape of a medical logo.
Due to ongoing lockdown restrictions, we know many people won’t be able to see the In Memoriam artwork in person when it comes to Birmingham, and so we are inviting everyone – children, young people and adults to make their own individual, handheld flag inspired by the In Memoriam artwork to remember someone who has died, express how they are feeling or to thank those who have done so much during the pandemic.
About the In Memoriam Birmingham project
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In Memoriam by Luke Jerram
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How to Make Your Flag
You can make your flag out of anything you have lying around at home – paper, card or fabric e.g. an old pillowcase, T shirt or tote bag.
You might want to dedicate your flag to someone you know who has died and use words or pictures to share a favourite memory or what you remember about that person. You could also use your flag to share how you’re feeling at the moment, or what has been most memorable from the past year. And of course, you might want to make a flag to thank the NHS or anyone else who has worked so hard during this difficult time.
Where to Make Your Flag
You may want to do this individually, as a family, or as part of an online group activity. If you’re making your flag with others, why not have a look at some of the conversation starters that have been developed by BrumYODO, to help us talk about death, loss and remembrance.
Some of our community partners are also arranging online events inspired by In Memoriam and you may want to join in with these.
Where to Share Your Flag
Flags could be displayed indoors on a wall or in a window or outside in a garden or window box. We hope there will be thousands of flags across the city telling lots of different stories.
When you have finished your flag, find a place to display it and then take a photo to share with us. You can upload photos to our photo gallery on this website.
If you are planning to share your flag on social media, then you can also use the hashtags #LifeDeathBrum and #InMemoriamBrum and tag @BrumYODO and @brumhippodrome.
We can’t wait to see your flags! Please join us and be inspired by Luke Jerram’s In Memoriam to Thank, Reflect and Remember.