School’s giant sculpture

SCULPTURES  HIGH STORRS SCHOOL  Left, Amy Hopkinson and Christina Higgins with one of the sculptures.  26 April 2011
SCULPTURES HIGH STORRS SCHOOL Left, Amy Hopkinson and Christina Higgins with one of the sculptures. 26 April 2011
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A 50-METRE-long sculpture snaking through the building has been installed as part of the revamp of High Storrs School.

The metal artwork is in the new North Block which was completed last September as phase one of the £25m Building Schools for the Future programme. It starts in the entrance area and winds round and through walls until it gets to the dining area, and is intended to visualise the transition and journey children go through when at school. Their lives get intertwined and then end up going off in their own directions, which is what the end of the piece signifies in the dining room.

According to the artist: “The beginning starts in a very organic and sculptural wall piece which includes the tiny profile of the school building just visible on the top left. The overall form represents childhood, dreaming and time before you start at the school, and the school building detail is included to set the terms for the rest of the work – this is High Storrs and this sculpture is about the school.

“Twice within the design the strands separate into a large spiral form and then condenses back into a single form, to represent how the members of the school constantly go from being one part of a big group, to being individuals, to be part of the group again.”

Inscribed on the sculpture are tiny metallic words from students about what High Storrs means to them.

Art teacher Trish O’Shea said: “It’s been a great process for all involved – a fitting piece for the fantastic new building and ethos of the school. The work reflects High Storrs School perfectly – dynamic, fresh and contemporary.”