Mural to commemorate partnership between Bracknell and Leverkusen openedBy Lucy Thorne
November 20, 2012
A mural commemorating the partnership between Bracknell and its twin town of Leverkusen was unveiled in front of visitors from the German town.
The work depicts images from both towns and was created by students from Bracknell & Wokingham College for their community art module.
Michael Gutbeir, chairman of the Leverkusen Freundeskreis, said: “I am very honoured to take part in this special moment. The mural shows how close the two places are and having the opportunity to be here makes me feel very at home.”
Bracknell Town Mayor Councillor Shelagh Pile cut the ribbon to mark the unveiling.
The unveiling at the college’s Wick Hill site took place during half term to coincide with a visit of Mr Gutbeir and Lars Richter from Leverkusen who were in town as the guests of Bracknell Twinning Association.
Student Harriet Price, aged 17, said: “As part of our course we get to try out loads of different ways to use art.
“Two of our group did the main design, four of us painted it and we came back and added in some extra elements too.”
The unveiling on Monday, November 5, was attended by Cllr Adrienne Jones, chairman of Bracknell Twinning
Association, who was pleased the students were interested in twinning.
Cllr Jones said: “It is very difficult in this day and age to get people interested in twinning because so many young people work and have so little time.”
Bracknell town mayor Cllr Shelagh Pile said: “Next year the twinning partnership will enter its 40th year.
“This mural is a great way of showing the similarities between the two places.
“The students should feel very proud of the work they have put in to producing it.”
Campbell Christie, Bracknell & Wokingham College principal, said: “Part of our vision is to be in the heart of the community and this project has allowed students to be involved in this.
“This extends beyond our immediate locality and allows us to work with Leverkusen in a bright twinning future.”