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    Inspiring A Generation

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter Richard Gough was walking along the Quayside in Newcastle, England when he spotted this artist hard at work on a beautiful painting inspired by the Olympic rings on the famous Tyne Bridge. Artist Richard Stott is a Methodist minister from the city of Sheffield who enjoys the spiritual side of painting. "I work in the church using creative arts and [the rings are] such an inspirational, iconic image," he said. "I'm trying to find beauty and inspiring things in ordinary places and for me that speaks something of the beauty of God as well." Our iReporter said the scene was a perfect example of the best of the Olympics. "If we can inspire youth to do better things then this is the perfect use of art and the Olympics values," he said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Inspire a Generation is the official motto for the London Olympics and one British Methodist Minister is using the backdrop of the 2012 Olympics and his skill as an artists to engage with young people and inspire them.

    This iReport was filmed on the quayside of the River Tyne under the magnificent Tyne Bridge which links the City of Newcastle with the town of Gateshead. The Tyne Bridge was opened in 1928 and it quickly won a place in the hearts of local people.

    It is an icon featured in films, on television and has been the subject of thousands of photographs. Ships from all over the world have tied up in sight of its massive steel arch and millions have passed over it, by car, lorry, bus, tram, motorcycle, bicycle and on foot.

    Now as part of the London 2012 Olympics it has been adorned with a set of Olympic Rings. The aluminium rings are about 25m (80ft) wide and 12m (40ft) high, making them the largest set of metal Olympic rings in the UK.

    Newcastle's St James Park is one of the Olympic football (Soccer) venues and recently witnessed the US women’s soccer team beat New Zealand 2-0 to advance to the Olympic semi finals.

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