One daffodil garden in the United Kingdom is probably unlike any other you’ve traipsed through. Rather than soil, these golden flowers are sprouting up from a bed of lights that illuminate them. They give off a bright, warm yellow glow that no Instagram filter could match. Plus, the garden travels throughout the month of March, uprooting and moving from London to Edinburgh to Belfast.
This “Garden of Light” is a public art display that’s loaded with symbolism and is a tribute to nurses.
The garden is made up of 2,100 handmade, illuminated daffodils, which honor the 2,100 nurses at Marie Curie. The organization provides care and support for people living with terminal illnesses, as well as their families.
The reason the garden glows at night is also intentional.
A lot of the organization’s nurses works at night, explains Dr. Jane Collins, CEO of Marie Curie.
“We like to think we bring a little bit of light in the darkest hours to provide support to people who need it,” Collins says in a video explaining the project.
Mary Reilly, a Marie Curie nurse who is interviewed in the same video, also explains that nighttime can be particularly lonely, especially if you’re ill. “We can’t work miracles, but we do our best,” Reilly says.
The daffodil garden is also a place where people can remember their loved ones by signing a memory wall. Visitors to the public art garden can also hear poignant audio stories from the families of patients that have been helped by Marie Curie nurses.
The garden was created by London-based public artists Greyworld, a cool artist collective that creates interactive, urban art displays. In 2012, for example, they created a nighttime rainbow in London as a way to explore 21st century LGBT life.
The public Garden of Light is part of a broader campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal. The Marie Curie fundraiser helps raise money to pay for nursing care for those with terminal illnesses.
The garden’s last stop will be St. Anne’s Square in Belfast, where it will be on display March 23-26.
[H/t: Martha Stewart]