A GIANT symbol of Salisbury’s commitment to supporting people in Ukraine has gone on show.
Standing with Giants’ piece I Want To Live – a thought-provoking Ukraine tribute – went on display in Guildhall Square to mark the first anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion, on February 24.
The piece, which stands at over 10ft high and is made of 15mm laser-cut sheet steel, depicts the silhouette of a solider holding a baby while leading a mother and another child to safety.
It was the brainchild of Oxfordshire artist Dan Barton and has previously been on display in Oxford.
The artwork arrived at a location outside Salisbury last week, ready to be installed in the Guildhall Square in time for the anniversary itself. It will remain in the city until March 17.
Passers-by are able to make donations via QR codes listed on accompanying information boards to current charity appeals supporting Ukrainians who have not left their country including:
● The Bearr Trust – 100% of donations will go to Ukrainian and Moldovan NGOs on the ground supporting individuals and communities.
● Salisbury Community Hub for Ukraine, aiding those that are sending medical supplies, clothes and equipment and other support to Ukraine.
Jane Ebel, organiser of the Hub, has
been instrumental in bringing the installation to Salisbury. She said: “Ordinary people the length and breadth of the County have been incredibly hospitable in sharing their homes with Ukrainians.
“Now we can all show our support by standing together at this tribute and during the period of Lent reach out and show compassion to those who are suffering.”
The Hub thanked Salisbury City Council for giving permission for the art work to
be hosted in the square, to the team at
Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury Cathedral Close, who offered their forecourt for the first stage of the journey, and to Mayor Tom Corbin for coordinating the event.