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“Brolly Street” – Caernarfon – Wales

In my previous post I showed how in Caernarfon some colour in the streetscape of the Bridge Street is applied by attractive façades in different pastel shades.
But this is apparently not enough colour compensation against the backdrop of the grey Caernarfon Castle.

In Palace Street (Stryd y Plas) an art installation was installed consisting of multi-coloured umbrellas against the backdrop of the castle.
Perhaps it isn’t a very original idea because in almost every country in the world there are streets with an umbrella or parasol ceiling.
The Palace Street in Caernarfor can use such cheerful decoration well and give a grey rainy day the necessary color.

The umbrella’s were put up by a team at Hwb Caernarfon - the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) “umbrella” organisation, along with community volunteers.
They used 170 brollies suspended in rows above the town centre street.
The installation is part of a larger project to raise the profile of the Gwynedd town and improve its economy.

Project leader and BID manager Gavin Owen said: "We're working on improving Caernarfon as a whole and bringing more visitors and improve the economy.” ……."We came up with this idea months ago, and we came across a town centre innovation grant so we thought we'd put an application in, based on the idea with the brollies in the street.
"We were successful, we were provided with funding with the project."

There's over 170 umbrellas in different colours. Eight rainbow colours in total running all down the street.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Brollies from Below ►
■ Picture 2: ◄ Brollies from Above ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ Brolly Ribbon ►

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