PUPILS from The King’s School in Pontefract have won a major art competition which will see their public art design come to life.
A group of five year nine pupils beat teams from schools across the district to win Grand Designs – an enterprise challenge run by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) and The Hepworth Wakefield.
A dozen schools were asked to design a piece of public art and present it as a business venture to a panel of judges, including WDH chief executive Kevin Dodd and Simon Wallis, director of The Hepworth.
After impressing judges with their business pitch, The King’s School were awarded funds to make their castle-themed model a reality.
The modern take on the town’s castle will be made from Yorkshire stone and recycled railway sleepers, and features a unique two-metre high stainless steel sculpture emerging from the centre.
The sleepers will be hollowed out to grow flowers such as chamomile, daffodils, geraniums and dwarf pine trees. Consultations on the siting of the artwork are ongoing.
Pupils Paige Conway, Martha Glover, Patrycja Kukowska, Sarah Lindsay and Tom Webster – who presented as Pomfret Art Pupils – collectd the winners’ trophy, certificate and iPod shuffles, donated by North East Learning Community.
Patrycja, 14, said: “We drew inspiration from the town and artists like Barbara Hepworth and Richard Long to create something we think represents Pontefract – and it’s something residents can enjoy.
“We’re delighted to have won. We spent a lot of our spare time working on the project and it was exciting to present it in front of businesspeople. We’re just so glad the judges liked it and it’ll be great to see it once it’s made.”
As part of the challenge, each group was asked to carry out research and consider budgets, labour, materials and sustainability. They also had to answer questions from the judging panel after pitching their plans.