St Albans school’s new sculpture is a load of old rubbish

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 August 2010

Left to right Claudia, Callum and Kiara all year 4, with the plastic bag sculpture they helped make.

Left to right Claudia, Callum and Kiara all year 4, with the plastic bag sculpture they helped make.

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CHILDREN have bagged a unique art project thanks to two volunteer sculptors.

Budding environmentalists at Fleetville Junior School in St Albans cleverly recycled old shopping bags by weaving them onto chicken mesh to create a plastic fantastic sculpture.

Art subject leader Louise McElhinney said Year Four classes – about 90 children in all – were involved in the project that was overseen by volunteers, sculptor Graham Tilbury and his wife June.

The couple made a metal frame which the pupils then transformed with pieces of chicken mesh woven with hundreds of old plastic bags. It was the culmination of half a term’s work for the pupils who learned about the importance of recycling courtesy of a litter pick-up earlier this year.

Louise said the Artsmark Gold-awarded school, “wanted to do something different this year, something more inspiring.” The youngsters had enjoyed creating the sculpture and seeing the colouful result which she expected to last a few years until the plastic started to fade.


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