Beauty salon commemorates lives lost to covid-19

A WIRRAL beauty salon owner has commissioned an art installation to commemorate members of the community who have died with coronavirus.

Anne Roberts, of Anne Roberts Hair and Beauty, has opened the exhibition of 300 butterflies, each representing a person who has lost their life, in her Oxton shopfront window.

Each butterfly in the installation, named Remember Me Wirral, has been individually designed and crafted by a local artist.  

Some butterflies have the name, birth date and the day a family lost a loved one on them, giving a simple message of remembrance. Not to be forgotten.

Designer, Sarah Higgs took a week, with the help of her children, to create the installation. She said: “Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. In some cultures, butterflies represent re birth, freedom, transformation, and life.

“I hope people looking at the art find optimism for the future and enjoy the time to stop and reflect on how they want their new world lives to be.”

The butterflies relate all too closely to the salon as their receptionist Sharon McIvor lost her father Harry to the virus. Harry was a huge Celtic fan and his butterfly was crafted in their colours.

Salon owner Anne Roberts said: “I was delighted to host the installation. Anne Roberts Hair and Beauty has been a part of the Wirral business community for more than 30 years, and we have so many connections with so many people who have passed away in recent months.

“To be able to showcase such beautiful art with a true meaning of remembrance is an honour.”

Pictures: Zak Sliwka