Design puts Sam on the city streets
IF you've taken a stroll round Norwich city centre you will have stumbled across a few brightly painted baby elephants.Among the 53 which are widely spread across the city is one designed by a Lowestoft teenager.
IF you've taken a stroll round Norwich city centre you will have stumbled across a few brightly painted baby elephants.
Among the 53 which are widely spread across the city is one designed by a Lowestoft teenager.
Norwich City College student Samantha Wren, of London Road South, was delighted when her design was chosen to be part of the city's largest ever public art event.
After three weeks of hard work her creation has been installed in its new temporary home outside the National Skills Academy, at St Andrew's House, in St Andrew's Street.
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The college is one of the sponsors of the Go Elephants! urban art trail and decided that it would run its own competition to give its young artists a chance to get involved in the exhibition.
Around 40 students from two classes put their designs forward and former Kirkley High School student Samantha was picked as the winner. The competition was treated as a mini-project for the students, with the artists required to look for an artist to influence their work and make reference.
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Samantha, who is studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Fine Art, created Pseudo, based on the work of Heath Robinson.
“I worked along the theme that if all the animals died out, they would be substituted by mechanical versions to create some sort of normality,” said the 18-year-old.
Her design was put forward to the main judging panel, where it was selected from over 400 entrants to be used in the high profile art event.
She had three weeks to paint the glass fibre beast, which weighs approximately 50 kg and measures approximately 170cm long, 120cm tall and 75cm wide.
The elephant will stand in St Andrew's Street until August 31, when, together with a number of the other elephants, it will be auctioned off for international wildlife charity Born Free Foundation and cancer support charity CLIC Sargent.