Prize giving for the competition to find a design to inspire the external appearance of Alexander House in Fleming Way, Swindon took place at a specially arranged lunch on 8 December 2010.
The winner of the £250 prize in the over 18s category was Kathleen Bennett-Whelan, 44, from Redhouse, Swindon. Kathleen’s idea was Evolutionary Swindon and featured solar-generated revolving pigs that appear to be conversing as they move around. The pigs are a visual reference to the name the Saxons gave the town in recognition of its livestock trade, Swin Dun, meaning swine town.
First prize in the under 18s category – and £100 – went to Ka-Yan Cheung, 16, pictured, left, of Freshbrook, Swindon who goes to New College. Ka-Yan’s winning idea was that the sun would be shining no matter what and would provide happiness and love to all who live and work in Swindon. The dandelion in the design symbolises reciprocated affection, desire, sympathy and faithfulness. Blow it and your wishes come true. Considered a weed by many, the dandelion is in fact a medicine – thus belying its appearance.
The under 18s runner up was 13 year-old Greendown School pupil, Ellie Larkin, right, of Freshbrook, Swindon who wins £50.
All three submitted their ideas after reading about the competition in the November edition of Swindon Link magazine.
Decorating the building was thought up by publisher Roger Ogle, but the idea of turning the suggestion into a competition was developed by Lenta Business Centres, the company that owns the prominent seven-storey, town centre block. The technical side of the project, turning creative inspiration into reality, will be supported by town centre regeneration company, Forward Swindon.
The entries were judged by Roger Ogle, Rachel Hampson and Robert Levy of Lenta Business Centre Swindon, Mark Keenan of Online Legal Services Ltd, Cath Hancock of Bam Nuttall and Chris Onslow of Course Academy.
“This project gives Lenta a great opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the regeneration of Swindon,” said Rachel Hampson, manager at Lenta Business Centre Swindon. “We’re really excited about the ideas that came in for Alexander House and look forward to playing our part in brightening up Swindon town centre.”
A final announcement concerning the future of the wall will be made in January 2011.
For more information, visit www.alexander-house.org.uk
Rachel Hampson pictured right with Ka-Yan and Ellie outside Alexander House on the ‘blank’ canvas of the building