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Embers

Embers

Embers

Coral Aston

On Wednesday 14th of June 2017 at 00:54am the emergency services received the first call to what would be the biggest fire since WW2. Grenfell Tower, housing 127 flats, was quickly engulfed in flames. In the chaos people desperately tried to save themselves. People screaming for help, saying goodbye, their last words. One story that hit me was of a live video recorded by a woman, in the video she is being told to not to go to the door because she had children, but she ignored it and opened the door to help people into a somewhat safer environment. We don’t know what happened to them, but in such a terrifying moment, she was selfless and tried to help others. This shows some beauty in such a heart-breaking event. Fire fighters have worked endlessly to try and save people, but there have only been 9 deaths formally identified.  The services say that many of the victims will never be identified due to the ferocity of the fire, and the death toll is likely to rise. I wanted to show this loss of life and identity, I have used fingerprinting to represent the identity of the victims, finger painting is used by children and therefore is also used represent the youth lost. This piece is dedicated to the emergency services, it is also to remember the lives lost and to serve as a reminder, to prevent such devastation happening again.

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Looking Away

Looking Away

Scottish Targe

Scottish Targe