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.''