Paving the Way for Peace

Paving the Way to Peace

KAREN LYONS

This piece has been made in collaboration with a youth Hip Hop Dance Troupe at MAV (Mothers Against Violence) in Hulme, Manchester. This is a celebratory sculpture, formed by rhythmic, choreographed movements that blend into the urban terrain of the City. The Troupe performed their dances onto a bed of wet clay which is being cast into metal paviers. These will replace some of the existing pavement slabs in and around Manchester. The patterns created by the dance moments reflect the dynamism of the young people’s energy. This monument raises awareness of the devastating effects of gun crime whilst being a positive and life enhancing representation of young people.