Sydney 2000 star Lewis gets nationwide 'art relay' underway ahead of Tokyo 2020

Former Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis kicked off a British “Art Relay” today in St. Albans when she teamed up with Maple Primary School to encourage the nation to stand behind Team GB in Tokyo this summer.

Lewis unveiled a specially commissioned mural, the first of 10 unique art walls that will appear across the country to inspire home support for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics.

Purple brick, Britain’s leading technology-minded real estate agent, commissioned the mural in St Albans – painted by local artist Albert Clegg and shared with a class of local school children from Maple Primary School – to support Team GB.

Clegg was inspired by the original work of art ‘The torch’, created by former rugby players and dialect artists Henry Fraser, as part of the Home Support campaign.

The mural has a place of honor 8 Adelaide Street, St. Albans and would like to encourage people to support the country’s athletes on their journey to Tokyo and encourage them to glory at the Olympics.

Denise said: “After such a crazy year, it is more important than ever to show our athletes that the whole country is behind them.

“I took part in three Olympic Games during my time and the support at home has always been one of the great motivations for being successful.

“I’m incredibly proud to be behind Team GB this summer and what better way to show our support than with works of art like this one that appear across the country?”

The Purplebricks Home Support campaign, which launched in January of this year, saw three British athletes, past and present – the pro boxer and Rio 2016 silver medalist Joe Joyce, former rugby player and dialect artist Henry Fraser and Vanessa Raw, former professional triathlete, who became an artist and Scottish athlete – Leighton McIntosh – create works of art that can be seen on thousands of Purplebricks’ for Sale and To Let boards on the streets across the UK.

Fraser who the ‘The torch’ Artwork said, “When I was creating ‘The Torch’ I wanted to create joy and excitement – art has the power to move people and I hope this campaign will inspire athletes as well as encourage everyone to show their support for Team GB to show in a creative way. ”

Purplebricks, Team GB’s official real estate agent, is focused on building home support for Team GB and the communities that stand behind the athletes.

The mural takes pride of place on Adelaide Street in St. Albans and encourages people to stand behind the country's athletes to encourage them to glory at the Olympics

The “Art Relay” is the next phase of the real estate agent’s home support campaign, encouraging people to proudly show their support for the national team as we approach the Olympics.

The unique murals, created by local artists and school children, will appear in a pop-up season in England, Wales and Scotland ahead of the Games in July.

The ten places where murals will appear include Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds and Brighton.

Ben Carter, CMO Purplebricks, said, “With the Olympic Games long awaited, we want to show our Team GB athletes that we stand behind them every step of the way. We hope that creating artwork in local communities will encourage the nation to stand behind Team GB and cheer for the athletes from their homes this summer. ”

Purplebricks is working with communities, athletes and local artists to create memorial murals for Team GB and encourage the nation to show support and stand behind the athletes at the Tokyo Olympics. Visit @PurplebricksUK or https://www.purplebricks.co.uk/team-gb

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