During the last year the young children have been working with sculptor Penny Hardy to create a permanent piece of art that marks the completion of 27 new homes for Ocean residents in Mowhay Meadows and Harvenna Heights in Fraddon.
The pupils, aged from three to eleven, started the project by drawing places and events from a year in the life of the villages of Fraddon and Indian Queens. The drawings included the local fish & chip shop, the Indian Queens Band and the annual carnival, as well as things relating to their hobbies, such as the football club.
“Their drawings were incredible and it was obvious how much they love their village life,” explains Penny. “I felt it was really important to preserve these images, exactly as they had been drawn and coloured by the pupils. I therefore used all the individual drawings to create a large picture, linking them by the road which runs through both the villages. This composite image was then printed onto ceramic tiles so it could be mounted on an outside wall, for everyone to view and enjoy.”
And it doesn’t end there. Pupils then collected random pieces of china, from unused plates to old teapots, which Penny crushed to create an intricate border for the mosaic depicting the four seasons.
Arts Co-ordinator Sue Roberts says the school was delighted to be involved in the community project: “The children are very proud of their work of art and to be representing the school at this event. The pupils who live on the estate unveiled the mosaic and they are now custodians of the art installation on behalf of their own neighbourhood.”
Ocean Chief Executive, David Renwick, is thrilled with the results: “This really is inspirational and community art at its absolute best. It is incredible how many families have contributed to this mosaic, either through their childrens’ drawings or through mums and dads donating china. Today is the first time the children have seen the mosaic and it is great to watch their excitement as they find their own drawing or recognise a piece of china from their home. We create new homes for people to enjoy and initiatives like this help bring young and old together to make a happy, safe community.”