Rhyl Brickfields Pond ‘Snake Rock’ is now a permanent piece of artwork

The Brickfields Pond Snake Rock was a project led by Denbighshire County Council’s Countryside Services in the summer of 2020.

This event was run by the service, environmental artist Tim Pugh, and local residents in support of the NHS to lift community spirits during the global pandemic.

Rocks were painted by local residents and used to create a ‘pebble snake’, also known as ‘Snake Rock’ and it has now been given a permanent home in Morrison’s car park in Rhyl. 

The permanent artwork was a creation by multiple donors both in time and materials. Roger W Jones donated the cement, sand and stone which was then used by members of Brighter Futures to put it all together.

Brighter Futures is a small Charitable Incorporated Organisation that runs a community facility and community activities in Rhyl.

A plaque to honour key workers and those who serve our community has also been donated and installed by Perham Prints.

Cllr Tony Thomas, Lead Member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment said:

“It is great to see the community come together at such a dark time to create something so powerful.

‘Each hand painted rock contains a message of unity and togetherness which has been so important during a time of such sadness and uncertainty. 

‘This is a proud moment for the people of Rhyl, their response to the pandemic has touched many. I am thankful to everyone involved to allow us to permanently present this artwork so that many people can experience it in years to come.”

Rhyl Morrison’s Community Champion Tracey Jaycock, community member Sharon Clark and granddaughter Ruby Clark organised the event together.

Sharon Clark, one community member who sparked the project said:

“We worked together to create Snake Rock for everyone in the community to enjoy, especially the children. 

‘It was lovely to be able to create something special with other local residents and it is a great feeling knowing that these painted rocks will now be there for people to visit in years to come. 

‘Many individuals have sadly experienced the loss of loved ones during the pandemic, so this is to remember them. It has been a depressing time but we hope this has helped lift some spirits.”

Morrisons community champion helps to engage with members within the community including local community groups, charities, schools, nursing/residential homes and foodbanks.

If you are involved with any projects or groups that would benefit from Morrisons Community Champion, then please contact Tracey on Champion.Rhyl@Morrisonsplc.co.uk.