— The enduring optimism of the bright yellow buttercup

The delicate yellow buttercup. A symbol of both fragility and strength. Ever since the 1930s this humble flower has been part of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s fundraising efforts.

Today, a different kind of buttercup field has bloomed thanks to artist Clare Twomey who created 2000 individual porcelain buttercups*, each for sale to raise money for the RNOH charity.

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In response to the ever-changing circumstances of 2020, we adapted our original idea for a public installation.

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In place of a physical installation, we moved online with the creation of an e-commerce site to sell the 2000 buttercups and raise funds for the hospital.

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To ensure each buttercup arrived intact, we created a structure to cosset them on their postal journeys.

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Each buttercup is unique and patiently handmade.

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“The poetic beauty of the buttercups lay in the moment they were picked, they were the epitome of hope. The fragile and beautiful flowers that only bloom for a couple of weeks a year became the moment of hope that galvanised so many into action. A very human moment is created in the buttercup collection, where we have empathy and know what it is to be human.”

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