Pupils from Oatlands Junior School in Harrogate have created an impressive new sculpture made collaboratively with local ceramic artist and former pupil, Anna Whitehouse, which was unveiled by the Mayor of Harrogate last night.
The sculpture, called Pollen, has been created using 298 individual clay models of plant pollen. Using magnified photographs of pollen from endangered plants, each child at the school created their own pollen model using Oatlands Clay, before they were fired at Harrogate College.
Anna then created a pollen shaped structure into which each individual clay pollen model has been fixed. The result is an impressive sculpture depicting the beauty of plant pollen, which celebrates the talents of all children at Oatlands Junior School.
The £600 donation from estate agent, Manning Stainton, which has supported the school with several previous arts-related projects, funded the project. The sculpture is the first in the school’s new sculpture garden named Dreams Can Come True, Past, Present and Future, designed by former pupil, Scott Roberts.
Speaking about the new sculpture, Gareth Newby, branch manager of Manning Stainton in Harrogate, said: “We’re delighted that our donation has allowed Oatlands Junior School to deliver such an inspiring project and the result is a wonderful piece of collaborative art.
“It has allowed all the pupils at the school to explore their inner artist, whilst also learning about important issues surrounding plants and pollen. Well done to everybody involved.”
Sam Joseph, the school’s specialist art teacher, led the project, which was inspired by the school’s previous artwork project, Conserving Our Biodiversity, a selection of clay sculptures of endangered plants, which was exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery.
She said: “This project has involved all our pupils and helped teach them about the importance of plants and pollen. The Pollen sculpture is the first piece in our sculpture garden, an evolving space, where temporary exhibits created by children and local artists will exhibit their work. The garden will reflect the past, present and future creativity of our school and that dreams can come true, however long that may take.”
Anna Whitehouse added: “When designing the sculpture, I saw the children as the pollens. They grow and are nurtured during their time at school before going off and cross pollinating with other people, ideas and ways of life.
“Although this sculpture celebrates the children’s future aspirations, it captures a snap shot moment in time, when all 298 of them were together.”
Manning Stainton is the region’s leading estate agent, with 19 sales and letting branches across Leeds, Harrogate, Wetherby and Wakefield. The company also operates Fine & Country, its specialist division that deals with high-value and unique properties.
For further information visit www.manningstainton.co.uk.