Spray for Justice

canvases, each with a unique design and a number

Detail of 'From the Heart' by Gecko

13 Apr 2013 - 2 Sep 2013
Free exhibition, no booking required

Spray for Justice, a tribute and memorial to the people who lost their lives at Hillsborough at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest on 15 April 1989, was displayed on the first floor of the Museum of Liverpool in 2013.

The display was created by Leigh graffiti artist Gecko in memory of his friend Carl Brown, who died at Hillsborough when he was 18.

The main piece in the display, 'From the Heart', comprises 96 canvases each representing an individual who lost their life at Hillsborough. Gecko has used spray paint and stencils to create layers of images including the iconic Liver Bird in a range of reds. A number on each canvas represents the age of the victims, and the pink canvases represent the young women who died, including the two Hicks sisters.

The display also featured a painting called Recognition, which included portraits of Leigh MP Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram MP for Walton, and Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, chair of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

"This eloquent work says so much more than a thousand words from people like me ever can.

We all talk too easily of 'the 96' as if they were one and the same. Yes, they were united by a love of Liverpool Football Club. But we forget that they were 96 individuals, from 96 loving families, at different stages of their lives, with different hopes and dreams. This work by Gecko powerfully captures that, balancing the collective with the deeply personal."
Andy Burnham, MP for Leigh

See more photos of the display on Flickr.