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8 Jul 2015

Renowned University sculptor wins prestigious award

Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama Reader for Fine Art, John Atkin has won the prestigious Excellence Award for the China Fuzhou International Sculpture Competition 2015.

His four metre tall stainless steel sculpture, entitled The Silk Road, will now be located in Fuzhou as part of the landscaping of the City in preparation for the cultural arm of the 1st National Youth Games, Peoples Republic of China.

The competition is organised by Fuzhou Municipal Government and attracted more than 2500 submissions from 102 countries. The selected artworks will form a lasting display of public art within the context of urban regeneration in Fuzhou.

John Atkin comments: “The title of the sculpture takes its name from the famous trade route, The Silk Road. The undulating forms of the sculpture explore ideas of fluid movement juxtaposed with sharp changes of direction at the intersections of each arc of the artwork. Interestingly these same movements also reference dance and sporting events, where multidirectional movement is intrinsic to success, coordinating the motions of the human body and breathing whilst maintain perfect balance.”

The exhibition, alongside the historic significance of the famous trading route, will promote international cultural and business connections at the same time as the Fuzhou International Sculpture Exhibition which opens in July 2015.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.