Sheffield Covid Memorial Ribbons

Installation March – August 2023

The Sheffield Covid Memorial Willow Tree was commissioned by Sheffield City Council and designed by George King Architects. It has been installed in Balm Green Gardens and unveiled during an opening ceremony on 23rd March 2023, the national day of Covid remembrance.

Sarah Waterhouse and Liah Edwardes have been commissioned to create 300 memorial fabric ribbons to hang from the tree. The ribbons have been hand printed and embroidered with memories, drawings and stories from the pandemic, submitted by the people of Sheffield.  The ribbons are made from hemp fabric with two thirds dyed using onion skin dye. The first 100 ribbons are being installed in early April with the remaining 200 installed later this summer.