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Exhibition tour for The Wall of Answered Prayer

Plans for a major prayer landmark in the UK are set to move on a stage this week ...

An ambitious project to build an iconic National Prayer Landmark in the UK will take its next step forward tomorrow (Thursday 15 June) as a national exhibition tour across the country is launched at Elstow Abbey, Bedfordshire.  

The National Prayer Landmark will consist of a million bricks, which will represent a million answered prayers.

In September 2016, The Wall of Answered Prayer, working with the Royal Institute of British Architects, launched a global competition to obtain concept designs for this colossal structure of a million bricks.  

Some 134 entries from 24 countries were received and following two judging panels, the entries were whittled down to 4 as well as a public vote winner.

Of the five shortlisted entries, three are from UK designers with one from Italy and another from Denmark.

When this Wall of Answered Prayer is built, it is estimated that this could be the size of 100 houses, which is three times the size of the Angel of North. The aim of the project is to see this structure built by the side of a motorway.

The next stage of the project, working with Ibstock Brick, will include a national tour to universities to share the shortlisted designs and invite those who attend to offer their feedback.

A small Reception tomorrow (15 June) will be hosted by broadcaster, writer and judge of the global competition, Pam Rhodes.

The exhibition will be open at the iconic Bedfordshire church, where John Bunyan was baptised, between 12.00pm - 4.00pm on Friday and then 10.00am - 4.00pm on Saturday. Lord Lt of Bedfordshire, Mrs Helen Nellis will be among the list of guests attending, and members of the public are welcome to visit, talk to members of the Wall team, submit prayers and give feedback on the shortlisted designs.

Welcoming the exhibition on its first stop of the national tour, Fr Paul Messam, Priest in Charge of Elstow Abbey said:

“The bricks that make up the Abbey Church St Mary & St Helena, Elstow have been in place for well over 900 years. During this time they have stood as a living testimony to the power of prayer.

"At a church which saw John Bunyan baptised and which in time provided the catalyst for his pilgrimage of faith, it seems an appropriate setting from which to launch an exhibition of designs for a Wall of answered prayer as it begins its pilgrimage around the UK.

"We look forward to welcoming the exhibition to a historic church with a living faith.”

Also, speaking ahead of the event, Pam Rhodes said:

"It has been a huge privilege to see the Wall of Answered Prayer start to take shape. Since sitting in a room last November, with other judges, we have seen five shortlisted design unveiled as to what this National Prayer Landmark might look like.

"I am delighted that we have the opportunity to invite people to submit their prayers for this structure and comment on the designs through a National tour throughout the rest of 2017.  

"I look forward to launching this at Elstow Abbey, the church where John Bunyan was baptised. From Elstow to the nation to share the vision of this amazing project!"

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