Sculpture created by UCW art students unveiled in Somerset park

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A ‘Living Art Sculpture’ created by University Centre Weston (UCW) students has gone on permanent display in Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park in Burnham-on-Sea.

Members of the public got to see the brick structure for the first time today (Wednesday 23 August) after it was unveiled by Cllr Mike Cresswell, the chairman of Sedgemoor District Council.

The artwork was designed and constructed by students on the Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Foundation Degree at UCW.

Ibstock Bricks of Almondsbury donated around 500 unfired bricks for the project, and the students fired the bricks and assembled the sculpture at UCW’s Loxton and South West Skills campuses.

The design was inspired by the brick kilns that used to operate in the area, with the students tasked with paying homage to Somerset’s industrial heritage.

UCW lecturer Ian Shipton said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to work on a live commission, and they got valuable professional experience by pitching to the Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group and Sedgemoor District Council and then responding to a public consultation.

“The piece fits in perfectly with its landscape, and we hope it is going to become home to plants and wildlife and enjoyed by art-lovers and passers-by for many years to come.

“The ethos of our courses is that students develop their skills through commissions, work experience and exhibitions, so we were delighted to get involved with this project.”

The Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Foundation Degree at UCW is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

It was awarded an overall satisfaction score of 100% in the 2017 National Student Survey.