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Edition No. 171

Date:- 09 October 2004

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Dreamy kids Bewitched by Biennial

IT'S the clearest case yet, that art does not just imitate life - it can bring dreams to life too. 

A child's drawing of a dream of a fairy, flying through Liverpool, with fireworks blazing, has been recreated in a real life photograph then set as a montage.

The latest work of art was unveiled yesterday (October 8) in the city for its Biennial arts festival.

In fact, Liverpool City Council liked the work so much it funded a giant billboard to display it in St. George's Street in the heart of the city centre. 

South Korean artist Yeondoo Jung devised the project to mirror his 'Bewitched' work, currently on show as part of the Liverpool Biennial.

Jung worked with Liverpool artist Donna Berry to explore the hopes and dreams of more than 20 young people who live and go to school in Liverpool City Centre. 

The artists facilitated a series of workshops where the group, who live in what is known as the L1 community, drew pictures of their wishes for the future. Yeondoo chose one of the drawings to recreate in real life. The enchanting drawing 'Little Miss Sparcle' shows a fairy flying over the rooftops of Liverpool, with a magic wand and surrounded by shooting stars and fireworks. 

With a little help from friends, the local community and the children, props and costumes final were used to create the image. A model took the part of 'Little Miss Sparcle' and Yeondoo photographed the picture. 

Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said:- "I think this a wonderful creation. It was amazing for the children to work with and learn from such respected artists. And to see that their imagination has been used to such powerful effect is clear case of art bringing dreams to life. 

'It's an inspirational idea and a brilliant example of how our Creative Community programme has reached out to our communities and brought their creativity to life."

Stepping Out 

PUPILS at Childwall CE School are putting their best foot forward this week as they take part in International Walk to School Week 

They are being encouraged to walk to the school in Woolton Road or, at least, walk the last five minutes of their journey. 

This is to help reduce the traffic along Woolton Road, encourage healthier ways of getting to school and reduce dependency on cars. 

The school has recently been awarded a £4,800 School Travel Plan Grant from the Department for Transport for their successful School Travel Plan. The school has been working on their School Travel Plan in partnership with Merseyside TravelWise since 2002 and have been running regular walk to school initiatives ever since 

The money will go towards improvements within the school grounds to promote walking to school. Among the ideas being considered is a parents' waiting area. 

Additional funding to the City Council's Safer Routes to Schools improvements are planned for next year. 

Councillor Paul Clein, Executive Member for Education said:- "The school is to be congratulated on this initiative. Pupils should be encouraged to walk whenever possible. It is not only a healthy way of getting to and from school but it is environmentally friendly."

During International Walk to School Week pupils who walk the most will be eligible for prize vouchers and certificates 

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