Plymouth Brick Project launches Crowdfunder to create Mayflower monument

Feb 05, 2020

The team behind an exciting community project in Plymouth has launched a Crowdfunder to create a lasting monument in the city for Mayflower 400 and beyond.

Plymouth Brick Project is an engaging community public art activity, developing an idea by local artist Dan Petley, that aims to bring new life to the Glen Park Avenue steps – an area close to Plymouth railway station that serves many locals, commuters and visitors to the city – with an explosion of colour through community artwork.

The aim of the project, with the help of local artists, is to turn the tired-looking space into a monument of colour, by painting in acrylic, one brick at a time.

Locals who regularly pass through the area will be able to help renovate the space through a series of painting days giving the people of the city a collective and creative ownership of the walkway and breathing new life into the space.

With some funding from Mayflower 400 Community Sparks - a partnership project between Mayflower 400, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth City Council, The Box and Vital Sparks - the project still needs further funding to help achieve its vision of creating a collective art work made by local people, dedicated to the past, present and future people of Plymouth during the Mayflower 400 year.

Brick Project is a three-person community interest company formed to effectively deliver this project.

Dan Petley of Brick Project, said: "People’s histories are important. Our project focuses on the simple fact that history is made by ordinary people.

"When the project is viewed after its completion, each painted brick; made by an individual with the same intrinsic value as each of the other 3,500 participants – the total number of bricks to be painted - will have its own story."

Brick Project endeavours to restore this site while demonstrating that every citizen of Plymouth is significant, important and valued and creating something the whole community will be proud of.

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