Schools Help to Mould the Future of Bath’s City-Scape

Hayesfield School pupils Molly Rickets and Isabella Patterson with their designs.

Pupils from schools across Bath have been forging ahead with a project that could see their pieces of art immortalised as part of the Bath Riverside development.

Students have been getting to grips with Plasticine, a modelling clay invented in Bath over 100 years ago by the Headteacher of the Bath School of Art and Design William Harbutt.

Over the coming weeks they will be using Plasticine to create sculptures based on the theme of ‘Elements’. The best designs will be chosen by a panel of judges, and will be then cast in bronze and eventually incorporated into the landscape of the 44 acre development.

Peter Dickinson from Monkey Business Art Consultants which is helping to deliver the arts strategy for the development said, “The Elements theme was inspired by the history of chemical production that arose on the Western Riverside site from the introduction of gas power to Bath; the sustainable concerns of Crest Nicholson for the environment; and the combination of architectural, landscape and art components. Elements embraces the industrial heritage, depth and the significance of the location.

“It’s great that people will be getting a chance to experiment with Plasticine because of the historical connection with Bath, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to create something that will become part of our city’s landscape.”

Crest Nicholson has established a partnership with Flair Leisure Products, the makers of Plasticine, which has agreed to distribute supplies to participating schools.

Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Debbie Aplin added, “I think most people have fond memories of playing with Plasticine as a child, and I think it’s brilliant that we are able to re-kindle this passion as part of the arts strategy for the Riverside Development.”

“We’re really looking forward to seeing how the students interpret the brief for this exciting opportunity to influence the landscape of the Riverside Development.”