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Sculpture garden designed by students unveiled at Kingsbury High School
Students and staff have unveiled a new sculpture garden at their school.
A-level students at Kingsbury High School worked with local artist Randy Klein to design a sculpture of trees and plants for their new garden at the entrance of the lower school building in Bacon Lane.
Their 2.25m design was sent to a foundry and cast in steel before they painted it in preparation for its unveiling earlier this week.
The money to pay for the garden came from a £10,000 won for the school by art student Shawna-Lee Lewin, 18, whose drawing about life at school beat more than 3,000 other entries to win the Viking for Schools competition last year.
Shawna-Lee, who went on to achieve two A*s, two As and one B in her A-levels and was offered an unconditional place at the University of Exeter to study psychology, came back to the school for the unveiling.
She said: “It's amazing to think how far my original ideas have travelled – it's brought so many creative people together and I'm very proud to be part of Kingsbury High School's legacy.”
The rest of the garden was planted and designed by staff and caretakers at the school, and Mr Klein, whose other work can be seen around the capital at Nunhead Station and in Brimmington Park, held workshops with students to pick a final design for the centrepiece.
He said: “The diversity and creativity of the students’ designs was an inspiration.
“It has been a very rewarding experience to see the fruits of our labours turned into permanent improvements to the school entrance.
“Seeing their own designs become a permanent feature of the school will be a memorable and empowering experience.”