Miami and Weston paint swap?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 April 2015
A PAINTING day held in Weston and Miami could be on the cards if town chiefs decide revamping its buildings in an Art Deco style is the key to its revitalisation.
The Mercury reported how Weston historian John Crockford-Hawley suggested adding bright colours on shops in The Centre and Big Lamp Corner could transform the area.
And 70 per cent of Mercury readers agreed it would be a good way to revamp the town centre.
The pictures were created by Mr Crockford-Hawley as part of a discussion being led by North Somerset Council on ways to rejuvenate Weston town centre.
After the story in the Mercury, he was contacted by a Miami resident who suggested a joint day of painting between Weston and the Florida city.
HandsOn Miami is a volunteer-led organisation where people paint abandoned buildings.
Project leader Krisian Toimil has suggested a joint initiative could be held to kick-start the revitalisation.
Mr Crockford-Hawley said: “Here in Weston we often fail to appreciate the quality of our architecture. We’ve become a hint jaundiced in outlook.
“It often takes an outsider’s view to jolt locals into a new sense of appreciation, helping us to see something anew and to realise potential does exist for improvement.
“I suggest we take a cue from William Henry Davies’ poem ‘What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare’, because taking time to look at buildings can be much more inspirational than sitting in stuffy committee meetings reading tedious reports.
“It’s nothing short of amazing that influential people in Miami should be reading the Weston Mercury and making comment on our relatively unknown small British seaside town.
“Art deco was a glitzy, progressive fun design style ideally conceived for a jazz-loving age and for the seaside. Think of sleek ocean liners and horizontal emphasis.”
Mr Toimil said Miami is home to more art deco buildings than anywhere in the world.
He said: “What I was thinking is a unified paint day in Weston and Miami. We fly out some volunteers to you to give you some Miami style, while you fly out some volunteers from Weston to give us a touch of English charm.
“It would be a win for the buildings and for volunteering.”
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