National memorial sculpture commission,
honouring the NHS and healthcare workers who
gave their lives on the covid front line

Nicola Ravenscroft

“I remember that the first emotion I felt when invited to come up with a concept, was one of deep sadness. I mused on the sacrificial hearts of so many, courageous, innocent, and now silent. I kept returning in my mind to the tomb of the unknown warrior and in fiery gratitude, I knew that I must give LIFE to something that not only honoured those on the front line who sacrificed their futures to save the lives of others, but that simultaneously, and in ongoing gratitude and hope, celebrated this truth. I wanted their collective sacrifice to live singing into our future; a new life, their new life”

You Laid Your Love For Those In Life
Your Sleep Is Not In Vain

bronze and clay

and gratitude
a song
whispering memories
the breath
the love

of those who breathed their life into our future

tender symbolism
two trees touching
intricate as one,
soaring ancient beyond the now
victorious and brave

forged in kindness

and molten burning-bronze
refining fire and prayer,
breathing air

and rain

holding tears

interwinding long
and deep earth-holding firm

lain on stone

and then
two youngling children
sit in simple-dappled shade
and light

and laughing
on tomorrow’s fragile edge

our gracious Earth

and young
and agéd ocean-smooth
now holds your song
the stories
your breath

you laid your love for those in life
your sleep is not in vain