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Education: Curtains up for school's community scuplture garden.

THE final phase of an award-winning pounds 110,000 community sculpture garden and stage has been launched. The spectacular covered performance area, topped by a high kiteshaped canopy, is in a courtyard at Abertillery Comprehensive School and was constructed as a combined community project involving many local groups and dozens of people. The launch involved a range of people from the local community, including artists and pupils who were involved in the design and creation of the sculpture garden. New Deal trainees re-routed a brick wall to make room for the performance area and laid the foundations for the 15 metre high canopy while day users of nearby Tillery Court day centre helped with the planting of walled gardens.

Colourful hand-painted banners were created by students of the Parents into Education project based at Abertillery Library and pupils from nearby feeder primary schools joined in during their half-term to provide ideas on seating. Poet Patrick Jones ran poetry workshops to provide engraved phrases on long oak seats and special needs pupils worked with him on a water feature.

Councillor Brian Scully, executive member for education, said, ``This very fine community project has transformed a rather bland area of the school into a creative, lively environment which is inspiring young people towards the arts.''
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 11, 2002
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