Four large sculptures within Isambard Community School are only ever seen by the school community. Here, for the first time, Year 8 pupils Anna Scully and Vicki Egerton, left, describe how they came about.
The metal statues opposite the four wings of Isambard which branch off the inside street in the middle of our school have been here for about a year and were made by abstract artist, Andy Hazel.
Isambard is split into four houses (earth, fire, air and water) and each house is split into two classes (north and south). Each house contributed ideas for their statue and those ideas were taken away and made into something real. We also made tiles to represent each house and they are now on the base of the sculptures.
Because each sculpture is abstract, each person has a different interpretation of what they mean but here we describe what you see if you walk by.
Earth statue is a column of fossils with the earth on top, a tyre round the earth then a city on the earth. This is on top of caterpillar tracks and shows how we have developed from creatures which became fossils to our modern technology. This statue is outside the green wing of the school.
Fire’s sculpture is the most obvious as to its meaning and it’s outside red wing. Fire statue has a volcano erupting out of a box of matches at its base, with a comet on the very top.
Air, at the entrance to yellow wing, is shaped like a hairdryer with wings, topped by a cloud with the wings of an aeroplane.
Water’s sculpture, outside blue wing, consists of fish fins and tail and also part of a submarine.
The Isambard sculptures were funded by the North Swindon Schools Art Programme, part of the Percent for Art agreement between Swindon Borough Council and PFI company Education Support Swindon Ltd, a John Laing plc company, a project managed by the Artpoint Trust.
In touch with nature
The sculptures in our school
Make us stand out,
A metal statue for each house,
They show that we belong.
Earth, our metal statue is precise
Buildings, the earth fossils and tracks,
Tracks for our cars, buildings for life
Earth, our house is precise.
Fire, our metal statue is bold,
Volcanoes, matches, comets and fire
Volcanoes for history, matches for present
Fire our house is bold.
Air, our metal statue is calm
Hairdryer, cloud wings and plane
Clouds for peace, wings for grace
Air our house is calm.
Water our metal statue balanced
Submarine, fins, scales and tail
Fish for creatures, submarines, mankind
Water our house is balanced.
Each statue is a seat,
To sit and reflect
That we know our metal statues
Will help us to belong.
Bottom right, teacher Amber DeCleene with pupils