Both schools are designing their own waggonways seating and meeting areas, making use of natural materials such as coal and wood, in addition to reclaimed industrial materials. In addition to providing a visual focus for local waggonways heritage, these installations will serve to support a variety of leisure and learning activities for children and the local community.
Working across a series of after-school clubs, the children made use of archive photographs and documents to inform a series of possible designs for their proposed seating area sculptures, which they modelled using carboard and clay.
Using cardboard and clay, the children produced a series of 3-dimensional design plans as alternatives for sculptural interpretation of waggonways heritage at their schools.
Picking up design elements from the children’s initial models, the environmental sculptor moved forward the design process, modelling the children’s final designs for each school.
Once the final sculptural plans had been agreed, the children began work on detail panels for each installation, once again using their waggonways research to inspire designs for mosaics and wood relief panels which would tell the story of waggonways. Initially using paper and glue to produce collage templates, the children then translated these designs into panels using tile and wood.
To view the children’s work in action please click on the Photogallery link at the top left of this page.
Installation of the waggonways seating and meeting area at St Bernadette’s RC Primary school is now well underway, with work at Wallsend Jubilee Primary school scheduled to take place over the next few weeks.
To view a picture gallery of the waggonways sculpture at St Bernadette’s R.C. Primary School, please click on the Photogallery at the top left of this page.