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Residents make their mark on Lozells

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Eco-aware residents across Lozells have teamed up to create their own public art as a symbol of the area?s environmental ambitions.

Locals living in inner-city Lozells have created imaginative pieces of contemporary public art - designed to raise environmental awareness ? and are working on an eco-inspired logo and motto to represent the area as a whole and signify its transformation.

The unique project, coined ?Make Your Mark on Lozells? is part of Beyond Bricks, a series of creative events taking place across parts of Birmingham and Sandwell to promote community cohesion.

This year?s calendar of activities will see artistic creations - including a 3D ?cardboard city? - made using recyclable materials installed in St George?s Park , as well as brightening-up a small piece of currently unused land known locally as Carpenter?s Corner. The logo and motto will be printed on ?bags for life? and distributed to local traders.

Community artist Anna Garforth is running a series of community workshops to bring forward the project. Inspiration is being drawn from two giant blank canvasses where residents are being invited to record in their own words and pictures what the area means to them.

The project is the latest in a long line of environmental initiatives underway in Lozells including the installation of solar panels to people?s homes and a number of eco-refurbishments to existing properties.

The area has also benefited from its very own ?Green Doctor? - funded by Urban Living ? who was on-hand to offer residents energy-saving advice.

For more information about the project visit www.beyondbricks.net