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Street corner transformed, brick by brick

A corner of Plymouth is slowly being transformed brick by brick as artists work with the community in a unique piece of public art.

More than 3,000 bricks, each featuring a different design, are being painted one-by-one on the corner of Glen Hurst Avenue near Plymouth Railway Station.

The project is being led by the Brick Project CIC, who transform neglected brick walls around the country.

Designs have been submitted in person and online and are now being translated into ‘brick art’ on the newly colourful wall.

Organiser Frasia Dunn said: “Everyone chooses a brick that has a coloured background and you can paint a picture of what you love about Plymouth.

“That’s a really wide brief so it could be Smeaton’s Tower or the Hoe, or any of the things people come from all around the world to see, or it could be something in your garden or your favourite auntie.”

When the bricks are finished the team take pictures to document them for their website, and when the whole wall is complete it will be sealed with a protective coating.

“It feels like the people of Plymouth have a real appetite for creativity,” Frasia said.

“We’ve had some school groups and lots of children painting their names or their favourite flowers. There are lots of beautiful images of the sea and the breakwater. Quite often you don’t know what’s going to come out until you’ve finished it.”

Plymouth Brick Project is a Community Interest Company supported by Mayflower 400 Vital Sparks fund, Plymouth Culture, The Box and Plymouth City Council.

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Organiser Frasia Dunn said: “Everyone chooses a brick that has a coloured background and you can paint a picture of what you love about Plymouth.

“That’s a really wide brief so it could be Smeaton’s Tower or the Hoe, or any of the things people come from all around the world to see, or it could be something in your garden or your favourite auntie.”

When the bricks are finished the team take pictures to document them for their website, and when the whole wall is complete it will be sealed with a protective coating.

“It feels like the people of Plymouth have a real appetite for creativity,” Frasia said.

“We’ve had some school groups and lots of children painting their names or their favourite flowers. There are lots of beautiful images of the sea and the breakwater. Quite often you don’t know what’s going to come out until you’ve finished it.”

Plymouth Brick Project is a Community Interest Company supported by Mayflower 400 Vital Sparks fund, Plymouth Culture, The Box and Plymouth City Council.

Organiser Frasia Dunn said: “Everyone chooses a brick that has a coloured background and you can paint a picture of what you love about Plymouth.

“That’s a really wide brief so it could be Smeaton’s Tower or the Hoe, or any of the things people come from all around the world to see, or it could be something in your garden or your favourite auntie.”

When the bricks are finished the team take pictures to document them for their website, and when the whole wall is complete it will be sealed with a protective coating.

“It feels like the people of Plymouth have a real appetite for creativity,” Frasia said.

“We’ve had some school groups and lots of children painting their names or their favourite flowers. There are lots of beautiful images of the sea and the breakwater. Quite often you don’t know what’s going to come out until you’ve finished it.”

Plymouth Brick Project is a Community Interest Company supported by Mayflower 400 Vital Sparks fund, Plymouth Culture, The Box and Plymouth City Council.

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