By Debbie le Quesne

Great inspiration to involve community, art and caring

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Residents at a newly-built Oxford care home have joined with children from a local school to transform a local poet’s work into a mosaic wall.

I love stories like this, where community, young and old are brought together in a creative way.

The artwork has been commissioned by Seddon Construction Ltd who built the home and poet Mike Garry, along with artist Amanda McCrann, are responsible for making the wall happen.

Mr Garry said: “It has been an honour to work with the residents of the home because we are providing this piece of artwork for them and the residents of Iffley.

“We are community artists and we like to work with people – this is what touches us.”

Love it! Love it! This kind of project ticks all the boxes for me and hopefully some more local community artists might just be inspired to buy into the idea.

Iffley Residential and Nursing Home has 76 en-suite bedrooms and provides facilities for its residents, including a cinema room, music room, library, communal lounges and dining areas as well as a landscaped garden for residents to make full use of. And, yes, it is posh.

But the idea of community-based artwork transforing our homes is surely accessible at all levels.

The poem used to inspire the artwork is titled, ‘Warm Rays of Sun Amidst Cool Falling Rain’ .

A two-metre circular tiled piece of art, surrounded by six smaller circles contains the stanzas of the poem. The visual boarders and patterns are inspired by the area of Iffley and were designed from the creative designs provided by local school children.

Care home resident, Charles Clapton, was reported on the Carehome.co.uk website as saying: “I really enjoyed it – it was like doing a jigsaw puzzle and I think it’s a really good idea.”

Let’s hope we can get a few more ‘pieces’ for a much bigger jigsaw idea . . . Have a great weekend (so far, no snow forecast).

Written by debbielq

March 29, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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