Award-winning artist Damien Hirst has gifted a “vibrant” print to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to thank staff for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Butterfly Rainbow has been put on display within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) for patients and staff to enjoy.
NHSGGC was lucky to receive one of the 70 limited-edition prints sent to NHS trusts and boards across the country.
The work is made up of bands of coloured butterfly wings, one of Hirst’s best-known motifs.
All profits from sales of the remaining limited-edition original artwork – a total of £1,508,172 – was donated to NHS Charities Together, the organisation that supports official NHS charities working across the UK.
The Hirst piece adds to NHSGGC’s growing art collection, with the latest addition acting as a symbolic reminder of the hard work and commitment of staff during the pandemic.
Hirst said: “I wanted to do something to support the many people who are risking their lives to help those in need during this time of crisis.
“The rainbow is a sign of hope, and I’m so pleased to have released these prints to help fund the brilliant work being done by NHS staff across the country.”
Jackie Sands, arts and health senior for NHSGGC, described it as a “vibrant tribute”, adding: “It is wonderful to see artists like Damien Hirst supporting NHS staff and patients at such an important time.
“It is also a tribute to the important role that the arts play in supporting wellbeing, providing inspiration and enjoyment, as well as brightening up clinical environments.”