David Jacques has recently completed this project with Safe Productions for British Waterways & Sefton M.B. Council. Located at Millers Bridge, Bootle on the Liverpool – Leeds canal, it’s titled ‘Adeiladu’ – Welsh for ‘build’.
Combined with educational workshops at Queens Road Community Centre, the project looked at the contribution Welsh migrant workers made in the navigation of the canal and various construction works in the Merseyside area.
It also referenced a census of first language Welsh speakers resident in the region at the beginning of the 1900’s, reputed to number in excess of 30,000.
The tool ‘shadows’ (sourced from a Victorian tool catalogue) were cut out of fibreglass sheets and embedded into a concrete render, the tool names (written solely in Welsh) were stenciled onto the render and the circular ‘title piece’ is mosaic.