Darkness and Light

Collage by Gabrielle O'Flaherty
April 2020

This digital collage is intended as a tribute to the multitude of heroes who sustained us and brought us together as one people during the COVID-19 pandemic. It features healthcare professionals and many other essential workers from across the globe who took care of our physical and emotional needs during a grim period of escalating sickness, death, and intense social isolation.

Cities across the globe were deserted. Doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save multitudes of lives. Paramedics and other first responders continued to safeguard us. Grocery workers, farm workers, and others continued to provide essential services, regardless of the risk to their own lives.

Musicians improvised ways to lift our spirits. To support frontline healthcare workers, the Global Citizen organization gathered musicians from around the world to broadcast and stream a two-hour concert into our homes, entitled “One World: Together at Home”.

This is a small representation of those who helped us, some risking, even losing their lives to save us. May they inspire us to link our hands together around the world in unity.