A grim underpass in Pontypridd, UK, was once marked with racist graffiti and crude markings. Recently however, it has been transformed into a colourful mural as part of the Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.
The colourful mural was created by a team of children aged from nine to 18, using spray paint and armed with their imaginations. As part of the Graffiti Project youth scheme, the mural was aimed at getting local youngsters to create a piece of art which retained the park’s commemorative link to World War One.
Julie Edwards, project manager for Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, said that it has been rewarding to have local youths and children be part of something that commemorates the past generations. The mural they created is not only beautiful and eye-catching, it has also transformed into a pleasant place for everyone who uses the underpass.
The students in Pontypridd town have participated in a very meaningful activity with valuable lessons that cannot be gleaned from books. In this mural-painting effort, the students not only learn about their community’s history, but also what it means to be part of a community and shoulder shared responsibilities together. This project is truly a “hands-on” approach to learning that have undoubtedly benefitted the students as well as the community they live in.
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