Yesterday (19 November 2015) marks the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz. Just five days after the devastating Coventry attack, Birmingham suffered four nights of consecutive heavy bombing and this tragic period is being commemorated through an illuminated multimedia art installation, created by Birmingham Hippodrome and award-winning arts organisation, Metro-Boulot-Dodo.
Artist Sophie Handy has been working with members of the public making over 1000 lanterns that will carry the names citizens who lost their lives in World War Two in this dramatic re-telling of this important moment in the city’s history.
2,241 Reasons to Remember will be open and free to the public until Sunday 22 November. Members of the public will still have an opportunity to help make the remaining lanterns by attending free workshops to be held at St. Martins Church in the Bull Ring on tomorrow Sat 21 November from 10am – 4.30pm.
The installation will be located adjacent to the Tree of Life Birmingham Blitz memorial on Edgbaston St opposite Bull Ring Markets in Birmingham city centre.