Vol­un­teers bright­en­ing up sub­way brick by brick . . .

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AN un­der­pass has been trans­formed into a stun­ning thor­ough­fare thanks to hun­dreds of artists.

The Mac­cles­field Brick Project saw the dec­o­ra­tion of 1,100 tiles down one side of the sub­way be­neath Park Lane.

Artists from the town – in­clud­ing Ralph McGaul, Kails Tres­son, TJ Dolan, Jean West­brook, Pat Cody, Julie Hamer and Jane Os­mond – spent a week help­ing would-be artists cre­ate their mini-mas­ter­pieces.

Among those who got in­volved were Fiona Wil­son, 55, and her hus­band Brian Pud­di­combe, 57, who cel­e­brated their 24th wed­ding an­niver­sary by paint­ing bricks.

The cou­ple, who live on Sher­wood Road, took along their god­chil­dren Ju­lia and Nye Evan­sTurner. Fiona said: “The un­der­pass has been grim for years and by their na­ture a gloomy dark place. The art­work makes the place look miles bet­ter now.

“It was lovely to see so many peo­ple in­volved in it.

“We painted our names and the date. It’s nice to know it will be there for years and years.”

Others who showed off their artis­tic flare in­clude Sut­ton Guides, mayor of Mac­cles­field Coun­cil­lor Ailift Hare­wood and the Parachute group at SUSO, as well as school­child­ren from Parkroyal and Mac­cles­field Academy.

Some peo­ple painted their names, others painted images which rep­re­sent the town in­clud­ing silk mills, the canal and Jo­drell Bank.

The idea for the brick project came from artist Dan Pet­ley. He said: “I’m so proud of this project and Mac­cles­field has made me feel re­ally welcome. Ev­ery­one was fan­tas­tic.”

Coun Neil Puttick, from get­ting Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil, the coun­cil’s lead on the project said it was so pop­u­lar that they ran out of tiles.

He said: “It has been bril­liant. We thought that maybe 100 peo­ple might turn up, but the re­sponse was amaz­ing. There was a lovely level of en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity which is ex­actly what we wanted.

“It has shown us that peo­ple want com­mu­nity art and we will use this as a cat­a­lyst for fu­ture projects, es­pe­cially post-Barn­aby Festival.”

The coun­cil is now look­ing for ideas about what to do with the other side of the sub­way wall.

Share your ideas with Neil and the coun­cil by email­ing clerk@mac­cles­field-tc.gov.uk or visit mac­cles­field. brick­pro­ject. co.uk.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● The com­pleted art­work

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●● The Park Lane un­der­pass

●● Brian Pud­di­combe and Fiona Wil­son cel­e­brated their 24th wed­ding an­niver­sary by paint­ing bricks

●● Poppy Gaskell, five, and Nina Gaskell, three

●● Matthew Bushill, 10

●● Owen Lane, four

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