OSFC student’s design carved into new sculpture at Dunwood Park
Sahira and other students from local colleges were given the opportunity to submit their ideas for a wooden sculpture incorporating the theme of ‘peace’. The theme was chosen to reinforce the important work surrounding ‘peace’ that is taking place in Oldham, with Oldham Council being the first local authority to sign the European ‘Pledge to Peace’ in 2015.
At the unveiling ceremony this week, Sahira, a former Hathershaw College student who is currently studying A Levels in 3D Design, Fine Art and Religious Studies, was delighted to see her thoughts transformed into an 8ft tall sculpture and was also awarded with a £50 Amazon voucher for her efforts.
Julie Birch, Sahira’s tutor and Course Leader for 3D Design and the Extended Diploma in Art and Design, said: “Projects such as this are invaluable opportunities for students. We are delighted that Sahira’s entry was selected, and with the finished sculpture that has now been produced. Sahira should be particularly proud of her design. A lot of effort went into her prep work, including a lot of research into advocates of peace.”
Councillor Arooj Shah, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood services, said: “We’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in this project and especially Sahira whose eye catching design inspired the finished sculpture. This beautiful piece of art can now be viewed by the thousands of visitors who use the park.”
Congratulations, Sahira, on inspiring a lasting memorial to peace that will sit in the park for many decades to come!