The first piece of the largest work of art, The Connection Worldwide, is to be placed at Broadway Plaza in Birmingham. The official unveiling of the mini installation will be on Thursday, 14th October. Originally planned for launch in 2020 the project has been delayed because of Covid restrictions. Dreams and Wishes first announced their official partnership with The Connection when they were presented with an engraved stainless steel brick at the House of Commons by Sir Lindsay Hoyle and sculpture Luke Burton in January last year.
Dreams and Wishes founder Tony Curtis MBE confirmed “we are so happy to be involved in this project with Luke Burton. The Connection Worldwide will be an amazing piece of art. The public support for The Connection will help us make the lifelong dreams and wishes of more seriously ill children and their families across the UK come true.”
This wonderful charity exists to provide support and build lasting memories for children and their families when they are at their most vulnerable. Often life-threatening illnesses involve many hospital stays and painful treatments which can mean a loss of their ‘childhood’, something the rest of us take for granted. Dreams and Wishes are a dedicated and experienced team of ‘fairy godmothers’, making wishes come to life and putting #SmilesOnFaces. They fulfil these childrens’ unique dreams, which could be meeting a favourite TV star, a visit to a theme park, a flight in a helicopter or just having their own playhouse in the garden. If you know a seriously ill child who deserves their dream to come true, or you want to find out more about their work please visit their website www.dreamsandwishescharity.org
Each brick in the Connection sculpture represents an individual, a struggle, an achievement, a connection made to others. It seems appropriate to celebrate this human resilience and support for each other through the hard times we are currently experiencing. Luke Burton, the creator of The Connection says “it is a pleasure to be involved with this terrific charity, who really understand some of the hardest challenges faced by children and their families. We want to bring a message of hope to more people through this partnership with Dreams and Wishes”.
The aim of the Connection project is to spread the message of hope that everyone, wherever they live and whatever their race, gender or nationality are part of one human race. The Connection pieces will continue to be placed in every country, connecting the world together through art. Individuals will be able to be part of this historic artwork by purchasing unique stainless steel bricks engraved with their name and chosen message. Companies will also be invited to sponsor a brick, personalised with their company name and logo. Once the bricks are all personalised, the final, larger installation will go in its place.