Sculpture for Olympic torch show at theatre

Olympic sculpture at Hinderwell School.'The children at Hinderwell School including  Ebony Cooper,front,who designed the sculpture that willfloat on the lake at the Open Air Theatre during the visit of the Olympic torch.'Picture by Neil Silk  sn122207a'29/05/12
Olympic sculpture at Hinderwell School.'The children at Hinderwell School including Ebony Cooper,front,who designed the sculpture that willfloat on the lake at the Open Air Theatre during the visit of the Olympic torch.'Picture by Neil Silk sn122207a'29/05/12

Scarborough schoolchildren have been creating a floating sculpture to appear on the Open Air Theatre lake during the Olympic Torch show.

The youngsters at Hinderwell School will soon be putting the finishing touches to the large papier-maché creation, which will be shown in all its glory on Monday June 18.

The children were asked to design a sculpture after studying the work of Spanish artist Joan Miro.

The winning design was by pupil Ebony Cooper, who drew a bird with a colourful tail represeting the Olympic rings.

Teaching assistant Sue Backhouse, who has been overseeing the project with Lynne Miller, said: “The children are very excited about it.

“We had a whole-school ripping up day to get the newspaper ready for pulp.

“It stimultated some interesting conversations as the children were talking about the photos and news stories in the paper.”

The bulk of the newspapers were donated by Yorkshire Regional Newspapers and were old copies of the Evening News.

Scarborough building store MKM has also donated some Kingspan insulation board to help the statue to float.

Tests have been carried out with the statue at the Indoor Pool and it has been floated successfully.

Mrs Backhouse said: “The sculpture will be painted in primary colours. It will be quite a spectacle on the day.”