Year 9 worked on a derelict area of East Quay in Hayle in 2016 to produce a display for Hayle in Bloom as part of the town's Britain in Bloom entry. The group cleared the site, painted a seascape of Godrevy Lighthouse and created a breaking wave flower display in the foreground of the picture.
The mural created for 2017 Hayle in Bloom by St. Piran’s School pupils in years 7,8 and 9, continues the sea theme of the 2016 mural, but adds a link to wild flowers of the cliff tops and an additional link to St. Piran through the St. Piran’s Song with its reference to the kestrel.
On cliff tops high the kestrel flies
Where Piran came ashore
And buried in the drifting sands
The vision that he saw.
The sands blow soft across the dunes
Erasing words of stone
And lost within the western wind
His messages of hope.
From darkest depth of hidden lode
Where miners’ voices rang.
They searched the earth for its great worth
Within the shifting ground.
Beneath the land, in darkness found,
With fear and danger clear,
A hope as bright as Davey’s light
With Piran’s spirit near.
Flags of black with silver crossed
In March winds fluttering
To celebrate the Cornish saint
As “One And all” we sing.
The painting features a kestrel, often seen hovering on the cliff tops and creating a link with St. Piran, as it is considered emblematic of Christ crucified.
The wild flowers of the mural are reflected in the planting of the display, which is intended to represent wild flower species with cultivated plants, since most wild flowers bloom once only and we needed repeat flowering plants. A penstemon is as close as we could get to a foxglove!
Please view our before and after pictures from last year and part of our new mural for 2017.