It’s great to finally get out and about after the Coronavirus lockdown and enjoy the sunshine. The Sand In Your Eye artists have been very excited to leave their homes and the studio near Hebden Bridge and get on the road to make some sand drawings, sand sculptures and land art this summer and it’s been great to see people on the beaches and in the parks enjoying themselves whilst we make our sand art. But it’s still important that we remember to stick to safe social distancing whilst we do.
The team at Rochdale Town Centre BID contacted us last week to see whether we could help them promote ideas about safe social distancing in parks, outdoor spaces and at outside events. They wanted to create safe spaces in the Memorial Gardens in the middle of Rochdale, that would encourage people having picnics or sitting on the grass to keep to their own household and have a safe 2 metre gap between them and anybody else. This would make sure everyone can enjoy outside spaces and stop the spread of Covid 19.
Jamie Wardley and Richard Spence popped over the border from Yorkshire into Lancashire one sunny day to create a carpet of hearts that would enable the townsfolk of Rochdale to show their love for their town and each other whilst still being socially distant. The pulsating hearts are each 3m in diameter, big enough to fit your family in, and 2m from the next heart. The sun was shining and the views of Rochdale Town Hall soon persuaded people to come along and have their lunch or sit and enjoy the sunshine.
Rochdale BID said “Our Heart of the Town social distancing measures are in place to spread the love and not the virus, it’s the perfect way to stay safe while enjoying some time in the sun.”
Thanks to Rochdale Town Centre BID for being so great to work with and special thanks to Vicky Lomax for putting us all in touch.