The Piecing Us Together Trail is a colourful, hand painted 40-piece jigsaw puzzle, and pieces of this puzzle will be displayed in windows of businesses from the 22nd of October – 6th November 2022. Through art, this project showcases the variety of businesses we have in Lincoln City Centre. This has been a collaborative project between the artist and businesses with each puzzle piece referencing its location. The completed jigsaw puzzle will form a large, vivid crowd scene.
The Piecing Us Together Trail is one of the projects commissioned by Lincoln BIG | Lincoln Creates and was proposed by local artist Mel Langton, who will also be designing and creating the trail. Following her successful application, Mel was awarded a grant of £2,414 from the Lincoln Creates fund.
Mel said “I applied for funding from Lincoln Creates 2022 because I was excited by the idea of collaborating with local businesses to produce a miniature artwork trail that could enhance the city centre, along with inspiring creative content from others. I thought it would be a unique way to bring fun and colour to the city, with each miniature art piece telling a story”.
Businesses involved are a mixture of both independent and national organisations. The trail takes place across the Lincoln City Centre, which includes areas: The Lawn, Bailgate / Uphill area, The Strait, St Martin’s Square, Upper High Street, High Street, Lower High Street and St Marks.
Taking part in the trail is easy! Simply collect a leaflet from participating businesses including the Visitor Information Centre or download the LoyalFree app for free and head to the trails section. The LoyalFree app can be downloaded using this link: www.loyalfree.co.uk/download or by searching for ‘LoyalFree’ in your app store.
Once people find all the puzzle pieces, they will be in with a chance to win one of a selection of prizes! Keep an eye out on Lincoln BIG’s social media pages for updates on the Piecing Us Together Trail competition…
Throughout November, people can expect to see the final reassembled jigsaw puzzle on display in Lincoln City Centre, location to be confirmed.
Sue Bell, from Lincoln BIG added “this is a brilliant project that engages 40 city centre businesses, with each of the jigsaw pieces depicting the unique characters of the individual businesses”.
Lincoln Creates 2022 has been made possible with a proportion of the funds raised from the public auction of the Lincoln Imps in 2021. The project is managed by Lincoln BIG and supported by partners, including local arts organisations. It aims to support new creative art projects in the city centre – promoting collaboration between artists and local businesses. You can find other Lincoln Creates 2022 projects on the Lincoln BIG website: www.lincolnbig.co.uk/projects/lincoln-creates