The Turner Prize-winning artist created the rainbow heart design filled with butterflies, one of his motifs, to pay tribute to charities and individuals helping to feed the vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.
Mr Hirst, who is self-isolating in his home in London, is backing our work in conjunction with our sister title the Evening Standard to support The Felix Project’s distribution of food in the capital.
He said: “I am in awe of charity workers and community groups across the country who are risking their lives and health to deliver food to the most vulnerable in this time of crisis.
“I want to pay tribute to them with this rainbow heart, a symbol of solidarity and hope, and support the Evening Standard and The Independent’s campaign to raise money for these vital organisations.”
Children began displaying rainbow pictures in the windows of their homes to inspire hope after schools closed because of the pandemic.
Evgeny Lebedev, shareholder of The Independent, said: “This is a stunning artwork from one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists. Hirst’s symbol of hope is a reminder that we must face this crisis together, something our campaign has tried to show.”
The Independent is encouraging readers to help groups that are trying to feed the hungry across the country – find out how you can help here. Follow this link to donate to our campaign in London, in partnership with the Evening Standard.