Northolt – A Child’s Eye View – highly commended

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Northolt – A Child’s Eye View – highly commended

Filed under: 2009 entries
School: Downe Manor Primary School
Location: Northolt, Middlesex
Artist: Sue Edkins
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The picture depicts the school’s busy local environment including the church and ancient clock in the old village of Northolt, the Polish War Memorial, the R.A.F. and a more recent man made parkland named Northala Hills. In contrast to the busy built up area which shows the A40 running through the middle, the school wanted to show the sometimes forgotten rural aspects of the area represented by the local nature reserve including a large fox, two rabbits and a squirrel.

This project was especially for a group of 40 children (from Yr 1 – Yr 6) who are artistically gifted and talented and to give them a chance to be creative and do something special for their school.

The children visited local places where they made observational drawings and took photographs. From these our big design evolved. The mosaic was created in situ over seven days and we used a wide range of materials including various donated tiles, glass nuggets and found objects. The Polish War Memorial was made out of clay and inscribed by a year 5 Polish boy.

Sue worked closely with Year 4, 5 & 6 children to complete this 2 metre sq mosaic panel, which welcomes visitors as they enter the school building.

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