Launch for One Thousand Thank Yous approaching
Our new organ donation artwork is set for its official opening at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) on 9th March. The local connection of the designer adds a unique aspect to this story.
One Thousand Thank Yous is designed to recognise the extraordinary gifts of organ donors and their families. The gold heart shape of the artwork is made up of one thousand tags which are engraved with messages from organ recipients, organ donors and their families.
George King Architects is a London and Gloucestershire based architecture practice founded by George King. The studio works worldwide within the disciplines of architecture, art and design, creating unique and innovative outputs that unite these fields. They say: “We are an experimental studio who like to take on challenging work - it is halfway between art and architecture.”
George was born and grew up in Uley near Stroud and went to Rednock School before going to university to study architecture. He says: “From playing Lego and building tree houses in the woods, I was always on a clear mission to be an architect!”
Ahead of the launch, George has been reflecting on the project at GRH:
“Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is very important to me on a personal level because having been born there, it gives me a real sense of belonging. To do something like this where you were born is amazing.
“This organ donation art project had a fantastic brief. Our idea came quickly; the best thing would be real life stories from those people whose lives have been transformed. If you go into the hospital and see it, you might just go in and say ‘this is an interesting sculpture’, but as you get further into it, I think people will be moved.
“Organ donation is a truly selfless act and there can be no better way of contributing to the county where I was born and grew up. This is the best way I could give something back to the hospital where I was born.”
This stunning artwork (which was installed this weekend) was funded by our Organ Donation Committee and Partners to provide a permanent reminder of the power of organ and tissue donation.