Special Olympics artwork unveiled in Sheffield

The games take place in August.
The games take place in August.
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Colourful artwork celebrating this year’s Special Olympics National Games has been unveiled in Sheffield.

The mural, which combines city landmarks with local athletes, is on display opposite the railway station.

The banner is unveiled.

The banner is unveiled.

The games take place in August, with 20 sports being played across 12 city venues.

Digital artist Greg Harris led the project, working with athletes and students.

He said: “I sat down with Special Olympics athletes and art students from Art Works in Sheffield who informed me of their thoughts and ideas and also what characteristics and passions they wanted to see in the piece of outdoor art.

“The Art Works students also produced outstanding pieces of work which demonstrated what the Special Olympics Games means to them and that inspired me and this final piece.

“The quality of the initial art completed and displayed by the local students with learning disability to inspire our piece of work to celebrate the Special Olympics National Games in August 2017 demonstrated real talent, passion, vibrancy and inspiration from people with disability.

“I am very excited about this, and I believe this outdoor city centre art mural between people with and without learning disability will be extremely engaging. I am so honoured to be involved.

“As someone who had learning difficulties as a child, attended special schools in Sheffield and told that I might not make much of my life, I am overwhelmed to see so much passion and talent within these students and athletes. I only see their ability.

“The Special Olympics athletes are going to shout from the highest buildings and arenas in Sheffield next summer how brilliantly talented they are and I hope everyone will be listening and watching.

“I wanted to incorporate a feel of sporting celebration and Special Olympics athletes – surrounded by Sheffield icons. I know a lot of Sheffielders have fond memories of these iconic landmarks.

“I wanted to pay a tribute to Special Olympics athletes, Sheffield and these iconic landmarks.”

Loop Print, based in Harvest Lane, Neepsend, printed the mural. Chris Gray said: “We are delighted to be associated with Special Olympics GB National Games and support this piece of artwork.

"It is terrific that such a prestigious event like this is coming to Sheffield and a great advert for the city and all it has to offer.”

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