100 metre grass painting created in tribute to NHS heroes
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An artist has created a huge tribute to the heroes of the NHS in a West Yorkshire field.
The 100m-wide (328ft) NHS logo, filled with hearts and signed off with a 'thank you', has been created by Jamie Wardley, in Mytholmroyd - a town which found itself in the news earlier this year when it was flooded during torrential storms.
Mr Wardley, who is the artistic director and founder of the Hebden Bridge-based Sand In Your Eye studios, said he had created the work to thank NHS staff ahead of the Clap For Carers.
He said the painting, which was created while sticking to social distancing rules on a private field on the site of his studio, was 'to celebrate and thank all the NHS staff working on the frontline to fight the coronavirus pandemic'.
Mr Wardley said: 'Me and my wife were having a chat and we just thought it would be really nice to do a thank you message.
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'Of course, we've got all the isolation considerations, so we figured that a painting in the field where we work would be ideal.'
He said: 'It took a long time. We'd done the outline and me and my wife were saying it doesn't feel right, it feels a bit too much like a graphic. So she had the idea of putting the hearts in it.
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'So that's a lot of hearts to make. I don't know how many there are. There must be thousands of hearts. But it seemed really fitting.'
Mr Wardley, whose sister-in-law is an ICU nurse, said: 'I think everyone is affected by this because we've all got loved ones that are vulnerable and I think it's a really beautiful thing that everyone's pulling together to protect the vulnerable in society.
'Every Thursday we're hanging out of our window clapping.
'That's an amazing thing that everyone is isolated but at that moment everyone comes together. So clapping on a Thursday is a very special moment.'
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