About a week ago we wandered past Stirchley's local library, next door to the baths, while it was actually open and we went in to check it out. We applied for library cards and when we came back to make use of them, a librarian there asked us to come back on April 6 to participate in a community art project supporting Stirchley's bid for Heritage Lottery money to renovate the baths building. I made a crack to D about putting handprints up on a wall since that's what immediately came to mind with the words "community art project".
Turns out...that's almost exactly what it really was! We came back for the event and traced our hands on paper, wrote on them our responses to a prompt about how we'd like to see the history of the baths preserved, and hung them on a clothesline on the front of the baths building. I hope they get the funding...it would take a lot of bake sales to raise enough since the building has been left to ruin for over 20 years. (And hey, it's hard to bake much at once in these tiny British ovens! ;) )
Despite my crack about handprints I do really like looking at messages people write and leave (like at shrines, in churches, in graffiti....) and the hands were really interesting, even from my current position as still pretty much a clueless outsider. I made an album of some of my favorites!
|Stirchley Baths Apr 2013|