Young people make their mark on Pydar
In partnership with a local artist, Jon Lilly, young people from across Truro have come together to create art and showcase their talent on the Pydar site.
The eye-catching mural across from the Pydar Pop-up on Saint Clement Street captures the spirit of the young people and their ideas, energy, and skill. 12 young people gathered over three days, spending 12 hours together, learning about different painting techniques and how to channel their energy into productive, fun, and inspiring art.
The artist, Jon Lilly, is native to Truro and has been part of the cultural scene for decades. Jon mentored the young people and supported them as they came up with their own designs and ideas. Despite the cloudy weather, the group came together and brought some light and fun to the site, which Treveth is the Development Manager for.
The work, centred on the large tree, was designed by the young people to reference the future of the site and the dozens of new trees that will be planted as well as reflect nearby Daubuz Moor. They have painted their names in a way that reflects their individuality and uniqueness.
The process was very much focused on exploring ideas and techniques for applying graffiti / street art media in a safe, inclusive, respectful, and considered approach.
Tim Mulholland, Managing Director of Treveth, commented: “These young people have shared with us, and the world, their creativity. This new generation is bringing energy and excitement to Truro and it’s a sign of great things to come on this Pydar site.”
Jon Lilly, artist and mentor for the young people, added: “The young people were central to creating this artwork. I hope they’ll gain a lot from undertaking this project in the public eye. As well as creating art, it’s a great opportunity for them to get stuck in to managing a project, preparing a design brief, team building, problem solving, negotiating and making decisions, communicating with artists, and creating something that can be shared with the public.”
The project was facilitated by Charlotte Williams of Salt Projects and developed with Young People Cornwall, Zebs Truro. Truro BID kindly donated use of the barriers and cones. This work was proudly funded by Treveth Developments and the Pydar project.
The Cornwall Council-led proposals for the Pydar development, located next to the town centre in the heart of Truro, are vital to the long-term health and prosperity of the city by providing much needed affordable housing, new walking and cycling paths, and improving biodiversity along the River Allen. For more information on the Pydar project and how you can have your say, visit pydar.co.uk, email [email protected], or follow @PydarTruro on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.