Nation’s Embrace

Nation’s Embrace

Name: Nation’s Embrace

Location: Birmingham

Created by: Holy Moly

Sponsor: Paradise Birmingham

Nation’s Embrace expresses a sense of collective appreciation by enveloping the key worker figure with the loving embrace of a nation. Selecting hand gestures that were indicative of the sort of interactions they provide: a sympathetic arm around the shoulder, a hug from behind or selfless helping hand. They serve as a poignant reminder of what we’ve lost and what we crave too! The embrace of our loved ones.. or strangers…anyone really at this point!

Carl Cozier (aka Holy Moly) is an illustrator/designer from Bristol. He is a curious and thoughtful designer and likes to experiment with narrative, favouring vibrant colours and patterns. During the pandemic he was moved to produce some work that he would deem public service or agitprop even – making artwork to support charities and causes he believes in. Recent work includes a piece in support of healthcare professionals which was projected on skyscapers across the US and UK and featured on the adobe homepage for a few weeks which was an immense honour.

Paradise is the £700 million transformation of the heart of Birmingham, bringing new jobs, skills and opportunities to the city. It is a truly mixed-use commercial development with up to ten new buildings including offices, a hotel, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as a 49 storey residential tower. Paradise is dedicated to community building and bringing accessible new public squares and spaces to the city.

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