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22 June 2012 | PR 12/111
University artists put ‘Legs’ on show at Queen’s Park
Pictured left to right are students Abigail Ross, Mike Jones and Lucy Buzzacott.
A unique series of sculptures created by three Loughborough University School of the Arts students have been unveiled at the town’s Queen’s Park.
To celebrate Loughborough’s role in hosting Team GB, Charnwood Borough Council asked the University to create a striking installation for the town’s Britain in Bloom entry that captured the essence of the Olympics.
Three students – Lucy Buzzacott, Mike Jones and Abi Ross – took up the challenge and chose synchronised swimming as their inspiration. They created a series of two-metre high swimmers legs that when installed would appear to emerge from the flowerbeds, as though in a pool of water.
The legs have now been placed in the park outside Charnwood Museum and were unveiled to the public for the first time on Thursday (June 21) by the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Diane Wise.
Entitled ‘Synch or Swim’, the sculptures represent the grace, artistry and athleticism of the Great Britain synchronized swimming team. They are made of Jesmonite, an advanced form of acrylic resin and are finished with masonry paint.
Dawn Hurst, Course Co-ordinator of Fine Arts at Loughborough University, said: “This has been a really exciting and challenging project for the team. As a high profile public art installation it has given them a valuable learning experience in a range of skills and techniques.
“The sculptures look truly stunning and are a wonderful addition to the park.”
The students were assisted in the project by the University’s senior sculpture technician Pete Beacham.
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.