AN INSTALLATION in Fordingbridge is helping to brighten spirits during the latest lockdown.

The rainbow art project at the Recreation Ground is being spearheaded by artist May Summers-Perkins, who is also the manager at the Riverside Kiosk.

The community art installation is in collaboration with Fordingbridge Town Council, The Riverside Kiosk and May Summers-Perkins Illustration.

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May said: “I decided to set up the project to bring some joy and happiness to the community during this difficult lockdown.

“With the weather being colder and miserable it is so lovely to have a colourful display for people to look out for when they are out on their daily exercise.

“It’s so lovely seeing people smile when they read out the messages that are on the stones.”

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She also hopes it will spread some positivity and promote mental wellbeing.

May added: "I find painting so relaxing and wanted others to enjoy this and have a focus for this lockdown. It’s a great activity for all ages and it’s so lovely seeing younger children using it as a learning tool be it counting the stones or naming the colours.

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"The community have really got behind it and the local preschool have been adding to it. An old gentleman thanked me for setting it up and was delighted to show me his stone he painted which he had painted ‘always be kind’ onto it."

The community are being encouraged to decorate a stone to add to the rainbow.

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Those wishing to take part can pick up a stone to paint at home. There is a bucket of stones at Riverside Kiosk during its opening hours of 10am to 3.30pm.

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