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Art Department and Friends Revamp Kneller Gardens

Friday 5 October 2012

BTEC Art & Design student Cuong Van Huynh has seen a 3D sculpture design he created brought to life in Whitton's Kneller Gardens. His creation was chosen by the Friends of Kneller Gardens to rejuvenate a run-down shrub bed next to the children's playground.

 Art & Design student Cuong Van Huynh poses in front of his sculpture.

Following the refurbishment of the pavilion, the Friends wanted to renovate the surrounding areas and install a striking new feature in the park. After liaising with the Visual Art department at Richmond upon Thames College, the Friends chose Cuong's design and asked local metalworker Oliver Jackman to turn the 3D model in to reality.

The sculpture was unveiled at Kneller Gardens on Tuesday 2 October with Cuong, his mother, lecturers and friends all in attendance. RuTC Principal David Ansell helped unveil the fantastic new feature.

"Seeing my sculpture unveiled was a special moment for me and my family," said Cuong. "The final fabrication looks amazing and I'm very proud to say that I have a work of art on display for all of Kneller Garden's visitors to see."

Student Cuong Van Huynh (centre) with lecturers Toby Rye (left) and Alex Brewster (right).

Alex Brewster, Cuong's lecturer at the College praised him for his positive contribution to the community and the College. "The fantastic thing about Van's sculpture is that it gives the local community a chance to engage in a piece of art that is completely different to the traditional sculptures and pieces often seen around the borough. We have an incredibly creative and ambitious cohort of students and Van's success with this project will continue to inspire & encourage our learners for many years to come."

Images courtesy of photographer Paul Smith.

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