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The Wall: global design competition launched for prayer landmark

A monument to answered prayer comes a step closer to reality today (8 September 2016) with the launch of a global design competition ...

An ambitious project to build an iconic national landmark in the UK about answered prayer takes an important step forward today (8 September 2016) when, working with the Royal Institute of British Architects, a global competition to design a colossal structure of a million bricks is launched.

The idea of former Leicester City Chaplain Richard Gamble, the structure will consist of a million bricks each representing an individual answered prayer. This monument to answered prayer could be the size of 62 houses and intended to be built by the side of a motorway.

In April more than £47,000 was raised through crowdfunding with Christians from across the world getting involved.

Richard Gamble says: “It was a real thrill for us to hit our crowdfunding target earlier in the year.  That has enabled us to partner with RIBA to run a global design competition. Now in just a matter of months we will be able to get an idea of what ‘The Wall of Answered Prayer’ will look like.”

The competition is accepting entries online at www.thewall.org.uk/riba-competition from architects, sculptors and artists. A judging panel consisting of architects, artists, civil engineers, and VIPs including; Renato Benedetti, MP Stephen Timms, Baroness Sal Brinton and Pam Rhodes (BBC Songs of Praise) will whittle down the entries to a shortlist of four to be announced in January.

“This project has created a lot of interest since the idea was launched earlier this year, with many people asking what might this Prayer Landmark look like? Over these coming months, we will see people around the world join the journey, submitting concept designs. I anticipate a large number of entries to keep the judges on our toes, as we carefully see the next stage of this project come alive,” says Stephen Timms MP.

MORE INFO

  • ‘The Wall’ project is encouraging those who have prayed to Jesus and believe their prayer was answered to share their story on www.thewall.org.uk  and donate funds to help finance this unique piece of public art via www.thewall.org.uk/donate
  • For each brick built in The Wall a brick will also be donated for social housing both in the UK and abroad. Any excess funds from the project will be donated to charity
  • It is expected that ‘The Wall’ will bring significant economic benefit to the locality where it is built. The Angel of the North estimate that the installation in Gateshead has generated more than £500m to the area to date
  • A shortlist of potential sites is currently being drafted with the preferred site hoped to be announced in the summer of 2017.

JUDGING PANEL

Renato Benedetti, Architect
Anna Pepperall, Public Art Curator (Angel of North)
Stephen Timms MP

Baroness Sal Brinton
Pam Rhodes, BBC Presenter Songs of Praise
Victoria Lawrence, Founder ‘Abigail Ministries’
Richard Gamble, CEO ‘The Wall of Answered Prayer’
Rev Gavin Calver, Director of Mission of the Evangelical Alliance
Rev Arun Arora, Director of Communications for the Church of England

For further details on the project, please visit www.thewall.org.uk

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