On Monday 24th September, students and staff at Kingsbury High School attended the unveiling of a new sculpture garden situated at the entrance of the Lower School building in Bacon Lane. The garden was designed by members of the school’s Art Department, and put together by staff in the wider school community, including the Art Technician and Caretaking staff.
The sculpture, which is the main feature of the garden, was designed by local artist, Randy Klein together with Kingsbury High School AS and A Level Art students.
Randy held workshops with the students in which they collectively drew up a design for the sculpture. The design was sent to a foundry, cast in steel and, upon its arrival, students painted the 2.25 metre high structure before it was placed in the garden.
Randy said “It was a great pleasure to work with Kingsbury High School AS and A Level Art students, developing ideas for the garden and sculpture. The diversity and creativity of the students’ designs was an inspiration. It has been a very rewarding experience to see the fruits of our labours turned into permanent improvements to the school entrance.
Seeing their own designs become a permanent feature of the school will be a memorable and empowering experience. The art students have left a legacy which can be enjoyed over the years by future students and staff at the school.”
The sculpture garden was funded using the prize money awarded to the school through an art competition run by Viking last year. Art student, Shawna-Lee Lewin, won £10,000 for the school with her drawing which ‘reflected what students like about their school’. Shawna-Lee’s entry beat over 3,000 entries from schools across the UK and was featured in on the front cover of the 2012 Viking for Schools calendar.
Shawna-Lee, who achieved A*, A*, A, A, B in her A Levels and has been offered an unconditional offer at the University of Exeter to study Psychology, came back for the unveiling and said, “It’s amazing to think how far my original ideas have travelled – it’s brought so many creative people together and I’m very proud to be part of Kingsbury High School’s legacy!”
[Text by Camille; Photographs by Steve and Cliff]