Artist donates rainbow bench to Coventry in tribute to key workers

The bench has been installed at the War Memorial Park in Coventry, serving as a tribute NHS staff and other key workers.

A brand new rainbow public bench has been installed at Coventry’s War Memorial Park, serving as a tribute to the work of the NHS and other key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The rainbow has become synonymous with pride for the NHS and key workers – we have seen it scribbled on posters and posted to windows, as well as in pavement drawings cast in chalk.

Artist Paul Insect and Block London furniture collaborated to create numerous of the multi-coloured benches, which they donated to several cities across the country, including Coventry.

“This is an artistic statement, but it also pays tribute to all the healthcare workers; the doctors, nurses and all the staff who work in hospitals, and to the everyday key workers who have kept the UK running; the shopkeepers; the bus, train and taxi drivers; the dustmen and women; our postal workers and delivery drivers,” explained Block London.

It added that it hoped the benches would be used after lockdown for moments of reflection and remembrance. 

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan from Coventry City Council, who visited the bench this week, said: “I hope this will brighten up peoples day and give them hope as we all begin to re-open our cities again.”