A mural created by Bracknell & Wokingham College students to commemorate the twinning partnership between Bracknell and Leverkusen was unveiled on Monday 5 November 2012.
The students who created the mural were joined by visitors from Leverkusen, members of the Bracknell Twinning Association, the Mayor of Bracknell Town Council Shelagh Pile and other councillors for the unveiling at the Wick Hill site of the college in Bull Lane, Bracknell.
Harriet Price, 17, of Bracknell explained how students had been involved in the project:
“The project was part of our Community Art module – 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.”
Ashley Charles, 17, of Crowthorne told what students had learned about the two places:
“We researched Leverkusen and Bracknell and found there were lots of things that were similar about them. There is even a Bracknell Square in Leverkusen that we included”.
Mayor Shelagh Pile was keen to praise the students for their efforts:
“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.”
Michael Gutbier, a visitor from Leverkusen 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.”
Louise Gigg, Coordinator of vocational courses for 14-16 year olds at the college was pleased with the outcomes of the project:
“We have students who come from across Bracknell to do a variety of practical courses and it is lovely for them to see the imagery linking Bracknell with its twin town of Leverkusen this mural provides on a daily basis.
Our College art students did a fantastic job and the mural adds to the vibrancy and colour of the Wick Hill centre. These kinds of practical projects help to provide the students with employability skills they can use in the future”.
Bracknell & Wokingham College Principal Campbell Christie explained the impact of the project on the college students:
“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”.