What is The Wall?
The Wall is a piece of public art made up of 1 million bricks, with each brick linked to an answered prayer. The vision of The Wall is to remind the generations to come of God’s goodness and how He has answered prayer in the past.
Each brick will represent an answered prayer where somebody has prayed to God in a storm of their life and He has answered. The Wall aims to give people hope as they will be able to connect with people in similar situations and see how they turned to prayer and found an answer.
We secured an incredible piece of land in January 2019. It will be built near Coleshill Manor on the outskirts of Birmingham, and will be visible from the M6 and M42 motorways, as well as HS2 and flight paths into and out of Birmingham International Airport.
The story of how God has connected us with the landowner is utterly incredible and we will be sharing this in due course.
When will The Wall be built?
We will begin the physical construction of The Wall in late 2020, aiming to complete in early 2022.
Will there be a visitor centre?
Yes, on site there will be a visitor centre for the public to engage with, within which there will be a 24/7 prayer room. Furthermore, there will be an exhibition which will describe what Christians and other faiths believe about prayer and Jesus. The exhibition will link to the educational curriculum which schools and colleges can visit to complement their student’s learning.
Will the answered prayers be inscribed on the bricks?
No, but each brick will represent a specific answered prayer. Visitors will be able to place their phone against a brick and a bespoke app will reveal the prayer associated with that brick through text, audio or video.
How will you read the answered prayers on the high bricks?
For the higher bricks, there will be tourist style binoculars available on site with which visitors can zoom into a brick and the answered prayer will be shown on screen.
There will also be touch screens on site where the database of answered prayers will be accessible. By entering a keyword, visitors will be able to read all related testimonies.
How is The Wall funded?
All the funding for The Wall will be from private investment. The project does not want to take any money from the public purse. Some of this funding will come from major donors and some will be crowdfunded from individual donors. When someone sends in their answered prayer there is an option to donate to the project if they wish.
Crowdfunding is at the heart of The Wall as there is something special about building a national landmark that is funded by tens of thousands of people. You can donate to us here.
Why should I donate to The Wall instead of giving to another charity?
Once The Wall is built it will generate enough income to continue to invest into social housing and other charities.
We believe that God has an unlimited supply. Because of this, it isn’t a choice of whether The Wall should be built or other worthy causes should be funded; we believe that God has enough to provide for both.
How does the landmark benefit the local area?
The Wall has been inspired by the economic and social impact of the Angel of the North, a national landmark in Gateshead, UK. It is estimated that the financial impact of this landmark for the local area has been more than £500 million over the last 10 years. In part, this has been due to an increase in tourism. As well as this, businesses have become aware of the area of Gateshead due to the landmark and have followed up and consequently invested in the area. There has also been an increase in investments into public art in the area. We expect The Wall will have a similar impact on nearby communities.
A visit to The Wall will be free of charge, and for the local residents this will be a great way to engage with public art. Further to this, the site will have a large open park area where residents can come and enjoy a time of peace and reflection regardless of faith and belief.
We are working on a plan so that when The Wall is completed, we shall donate 1 million bricks to social housing in the UK and around the world. The Wall will not only have an artistic application but a social application across the UK and abroad.
Is it just for people from the UK?
No, we are seeking answered prayers both from the UK and abroad and look forward to meeting visitors from around the world.
Is The Wall multi-faith?
For Christians we believe that The Wall will be a piece of public art about Jesus. It is open for everybody to visit and enjoy.
The UK’s heritage is incredibly diverse in relation to faith. In order to honour our multi-faith society we believe that this does not involve merging all the faiths together but rather allowing each faith to express itself in the way it sees fit. The Wall will be open for all to participate in.
Will The Wall be a distraction to drivers?
We’re not expecting people to read the bricks while they’re driving by, but just to catch a glimpse of the monument, like people do when they drive past the Willow Man on the M5 and the Angel of the North on the A1(M). While there is some debate whether landmarks along the motorway are a distraction, Mike Wilson from Highways England argues otherwise. He suggests that “creating different vistas, different environments for people to consider, is a way of stimulating the road user.” An article in The Telegraph in January 2018 says this:
Mr Wilson dismissed concerns that drivers could be distracted by the picturesque scenery and said: "They should be focused on the road. But fatigue is a real challenge for road users."
Interesting views could "help them stay awake", he added.
Mr Wilson said enabling drivers to see "statement structures" like the Angel of the North in Gateshead and the Willow Man in Somerset gave them them "a sense of location” and acted as a visual reminder that “you're making progress on your journey".
We foresee that The Wall will not be a distraction, but instead will stimulate drivers and provide a familiar marker to reassure motorists on their travels.
Is there a scriptural basis for The Wall?
There are multiple moments in Scripture where memorial stones and monuments are used to commemorate God’s victories and to celebrate His goodness. In Genesis 28: 10-22, Jacob sets a pillar in Bethel to commemorate a powerful vision of God that he experienced while sleeping there. Similarly, in Joshua 4:1-9, God orders Joshua and the Israelites to carry 12 stones from the bottom of the Jordan and lay them across from the river so that their children would know that God had performed a miracle there. Finally, in 1 Samuel 7:7-12, Samuel sets up a stone to celebrate God’s victory over the Philistines.
You can find more about this topic here.
Why is it important to share your testimony?
Here at The Wall we are 'again believers' - we believe that if God has done it once, He can do it again. There are many scriptures in the Bible that encourage us to remember what God has done and recall His mighty deeds. There is power in remembering as it encourages us to look beyond our current circumstances and remember the God of Provision and how He has never failed. This stirs faith and encourages us to have His perspective in the storms of life. Testimony also changes the spiritual atmosphere to allow the same miracle to happen again in somebody else's life.
What stage are we at now?
We have just announced the winning design and location of The Wall. We are currently in the planning phase of the project and are seeking to raise around £384k in the next few months in order to submit a planning application in late 2019.
In the meantime we will be visiting festivals and churches around the UK as well as increasing our online presence. You can keep up with the project by searching 'The Wall of Answered Prayer' on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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