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Olympic mosaic unveiled in Trowbridge
8:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in Latest News
A lasting legacy of how the Olympics and Paralympics inspired a generation is being unveiled in Trowbridge today.
Students from 20 Trowbridge schools came together to create an Olympic mosaic depicting the varied sports from the games.
The mosaic, which was the brainchild of the Trowbridge Youth Parliament, is now on permanent display in Trowbridge Park.
Jayne Bullock, collaborative schools co-ordinator, said: “The mosaic project has allowed every school within Trowbridge to create a lasting legacy of the Olympic and Paralympics year that can be enjoyed by the whole community.
“The students’ passion, talent and dedication in creating this artwork has been inspiring and will hopefully continue to raise aspirations for years to come.”
Earlier this year students from the 20 schools took part in the planning, design and making of the mosaic. It was funded by grant applications and fundraising events which took part in all the schools.
The mosaic depicts the Olympic values and the many sports which make up the games.
The launch event on Friday will be attended by school students, staff and governors, parents and other members of the Trowbridge community.
Wiltshire Council supported the project and leader Jane Scott said: “This lasting legacy shows the impact the Olympics and Paralympics had on us all, but especially the younger generation.
“I am so pleased we have a permanent reminder of the wonderful summer of 2012 and I hope the mosaic acts as an inspiration for years to come.
“We are working to ensure the legacy of 2012 continues throughout Wiltshire, and hope we will be able to support many more community-led projects in the future.”
The Youth Parliament had been working on the mosaic project since December 2011. They had to secure a display spot, liaise with the appropriate people within the planning department, apply for funds, agree on their own fundraising activities and commission an artist.
Design and making sessions were then held within each of the 20 participating schools during April, May, June and July.
Each of the 20 schools agreed on an Olympic or Paralympic sport to depict on their tile. The artwork also displays the Olympic values and names all of the 20 schools which took part.
At the official unveiling each school will talk about their panel and what the project has meant to them
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