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Inspirational legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games set for diocesan tour

Date: 23 January 2013
A colourful and inspirational legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games has been snapped up for display on a tour around the diocese’s churches and schools.

The 4ft wide mosaic with its message of determination, equality, inspiration and courage was born out of an art exhibition Art Beyond Limitations held at Guildford Cathedral during last year’s Paralympics celebrating the contribution made by those with limitations in their lives.

Over 350 members of the public laid tiles in the mosaic which was coordinated by Addlestone-based mosaic group Tamesis Mosaics.

The group is made up of people who have suffered various medical and social adversities; and who have found the value of making something with their hands. Their aim is to work alongside the general public, creating pieces of art which are functional, durable and improve the local environment.

Diocesan health and wellbeing adviser Suzette Jones from the diocesan communities engagement team which coordinated the exhibition said the completed mosaic was not only beautiful but inspirational.

She said: “When I stop and think about all the determination and vision that went into this mosaic, the combined efforts and passion of so many people then it becomes a more stunning piece of art than it already is.

“It talks of ‘jumping over life’s hurdles’ and I sincerely hope that schools, churches and groups will catch something of the spirit of this project when they see it. I am delighted by the response to its tour – it is fully booked until November!”

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