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Worcester Editorial 10th Sep, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

DOZENS of silk flags are fluttering in front of Worcester Cathedral this week as part of a special project to promote links between Britain and Japan.

About a hundred tall silk batik flags were placed in a triangle on College Green yesterday (Tuesday) by artist Alex Grant of Toozalii Community Arts and will be on show until Sunday (September 14).

Alex and his wife Jan have been working with hundreds of Japanese people affected by the 2011 tsunami and resultant Fukushima nuclear crisis by helping them to rediscover their lives through drawing large and creative pencil designs.

The artwork is then taken back to the UK and made into flags by small teams based across the south and south-west of England.

The interactive World’s Eye! flag installation will be shown across four venues in Japan and nine UK venues, giving the batik flags an audience well in excess of 500,000 people from across the world.

It follows Alex’s previous flag installation on College Green ‘Young Colours’ in 2006.

The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester said: “It is an honour for Worcester Cathedral to be associated with this excellent project.

“We should remember the terrible events that lie behind this project. We should think of the thousands of people whose lives were lost or damaged by them.

“And we should celebrate those who are seeking to rebuild their lives by means of this and other projects.”

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