Since August 12 a bleak and sinister tone has hung over Trafalgar Square, created by a life-sized replica of an American death row cell.
Until September, ‘Death’s Waiting Room’ will be displayed outside St Martin-in-the-Fields Church close to Trafalgar Square, the same place where Amnesty International begun.
The exhibit has been fabricated by the charity Reprieve, to draw attention to the case of Linda Carty, a British grandmother on death row in Texas. Carty, who was found guilty of murder in 2002 but has always declared her innocence.
Visitors are encouraged to enter the cell, where a film of Linda Carty talking about her innocence is being played, and contemplate the intense loneliness and isolation the British lady must be feeling. Guests are also persuaded to post a letter through a postbox in the cell, pleading Texas to reprieve Linda Carty.
The opening launch of ‘Death’s Waiting Room’ included speakers talking about the case and what the exhibit is trying to achieve. Among those speaking were Linda Carty’s US lawyer and singer Aruba Red, who sung Amazing Grace, a song Linda Carty is reported to sing to keep her spirits up. Reverend Richard Carter of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church welcomed the guests.
“We are pleased to be able to help draw attention to the shocking circumstances of Linda Carty and all those on death row,” Reverend Carter commented.
Trafalgar Square, arguably London’s most famous square, is rich in history and is a habituated place for all year round exhibitions and events, including rallies and protests. Although Reprieve’s ‘Death’s Waiting Room’ exhibit, with its somberness and solitude, compelling visitors to think disturbing thoughts, has to be one of the most absorbing and thought-evoking displays Trafalgar Square has ever hosted.
Death’s Waiting Room is open from 9am to 9pm daily.