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24 Jul 2015

Loughborough University Fine Art student debuts sculpture to celebrate Ladybird Book’s centenary

Credit: Loughborough Echo

Loughborough University Fine Art student Paula Riley has designed and created a sculpture to celebrate 100 years of Ladybird Books.

‘The Child Sculpture’ which is of a young boy reading a book, was created for this year’s Loughborough in Bloom campaign and was unveiled just in time for a visit by the Bloom judges.

The sculpture is a collaboration between Charnwood Borough Council and Loughborough University and has been placed outside the Carillon Court Shopping Centre’s Market Street entrance. 

Paula, who goes by her artist name ‘Priley Riley’, was selected to design the sculpture after submitting her proposal earlier this year.

Priley, who has just finished the second year of her Fine Art degree, said: “I wanted to create something which represented the Ladybird Book’s centenary, so I thought a simple concept of a child reading a book showcased this perfectly.

“To make the sculpture, I first constructed an armature which I modelled the original clay child over. I then cast this clay child in plaster and used the plaster moulds to cast resin into. The final sculpture, therefore, is a glass fibre resin cast. The sculpture itself took months to make and I actually started making it back in January around the same time I submitted my proposal.

“I’m absolutely delighted that I was chosen to design and create the sculpture, I have wanted to be an artist ever since I was a child so this is an absolute dream come true.”

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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.

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