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Message of hope left on Preston’s Flag Market by city artist

Posted on - 2nd June, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Flag Market, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Seek to understand as seen from the air Pic: Tim Saunders
Seek to understand as seen from the air Pic: Tim Saunders

A Preston artist placed hundreds of sapling trees in Preston’s Flag Market during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Under the cover of darkness Tim Saunders crept onto the city’s square and lined up 250 pots between 2am and 7am on Sunday (May 31).

Taking five hours the pots spelled out the message ‘Seek to understand’.

Tim, who uses the artist name Timperspectiveart from the Oxheys Studio, told Blog Preston said he wanted to show the city council how a socially distanced piece of artwork was possible.

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He said: “We’ve done Making a Mark each July for the last two years on the Flag Market.

“I wanted to show how we could do something as a socially distanced event this summer.

“We could do this and then have it viewable from the Harris balcony once things reopen.

“I did it during Sunday before the city centre starts to open up and before new guidelines came into force from Monday too.”

The saplings lined up by Tim and the message from another angle Pic: Tim Saunders
The saplings lined up by Tim and the message from another angle Pic: Tim Saunders

The message ‘seek to understand’ from Tim says he hopes the city can seek to understand different communities and emerge from lockdown a better place.

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Tim says he hopes to be allowed to recreate the message during the summer or Autumn once lockdown measures are relaxed further.

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