Harrogate students’ creation on display

Harrogate College Art and Design students  with the sculpture titled 'Baubles'. (S)
Harrogate College Art and Design students with the sculpture titled 'Baubles'. (S)

Talented art and design students from Harrogate College have created a colourful Christmas display which is lighting up Station Square in the town centre.

Every year the students are challenged to create something special for the display by the Harrogate Christmas Lights Committee.

This year, a sculpture called ‘Baubles’ has been unveiled in the area outside the Victoria Shopping Centre.

“The Harrogate College students have again designed and created an excellent piece of civic sculpture which will be seen by thousands of people over the Christmas period,” said Coun John Fox, chairman of the Harrogate at Christmas Group.

Students Andrew Fieldman, Ellen Mace, Emma Crossley, Lee Johnson, Tasha Sanderson and Dayna Fern Bennett all took part in the creation of the sculpture, made up of 11 handmade fibreglass baubles with lights inside them.

The sculpture will take pride and place within the cupola on Station Ssquare, and was unveiled before a crowd of dignitaries last Tuesday.

Coun Fox, Coun Nigel Simms, Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Mrs Lyn Simms, Deputy Mayoress, Liz Stickney and Helen McDevitt of Soroptimists International, Simon Cotton of Destination Harrogate, and David Horth, manager of the Victoria Shopping Centre, were in attendance.

“Once again students displayed their creativity and provided an iconic Christmas design installation to complement the towns’ festive decorations,” said principle Debra Forsythe-Conroy.

“The outcome again this year is testament to the talent of the students and also of the staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure students are supported to deliver the commission on time and within budget. Thanks must go to students and particularly staff that provided the technical know-how to translate the design into reality from the students’ original idea.”

For the students, the work will ontributes to their portfolios. Student Emma Crossley, said: “Making the baubles was a long process, but it was good to learn a new technique that I can transfer into my own art practice.”

The Christmas sculpture will be on display over the festive period. The college is urging residents to support students’ work by taking pictures and posting them on Twitter @harrogate_HCUK.