From panic-buying to the empty streets during the virus, the presence of panic during this time is certainly undeniable. The more panicked people become, the more irrational they can be which can lead to greater hostility, prejudice and anxiety. This reality inspired Faith Yu, an #SGStrong grantee, to create The Gratitude Wall as a means to dispel the fear and anxiety surrounding the current situation.
“We decided to rope in our artists to contribute and work together on the different artworks and designs for the wall and the cards. We eventually decided on a Gratitude & Appreciation Wall together with an art jamming/crafting corner for the public to contribute too, as it is a physical and iconic representation of the Community rallying together for our heroes.”
Displayed at the Capitol Piazza, the Gratitude Wall is an interactive piece of art that allows members of the public to post personalized messages to frontliners such as healthcare workers, contact tracers and cleaners. These messages follow a rotating theme of promoting self-care, seeding values, igniting inspiration, dispelling prejudice and citizen contribution. Later, all notes pasted on the wall will be given to frontline workers as a form of encouragement and comfort that the community is behind them.
“I really encourage everyone to use their creative potentials to think of fresh ideas on how to bring the community together. There is no harm trying and every experience is a learning opportunity. I believe we are hardworking people, and with a just bit more of creativity, we can create so much more for our community.”
We hope that Faith’s project will inspire the public to continue supporting frontline workers and to look out for the emotional well-being of the people around you. Together, we are stronger than COVID-19.