Pupils’ design ideas become reality

Two pupils from Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy came up with the concept of a beautiful tree sculpture which will be installed outside the hub in a planted bed in Ingestre Square, Blurton, on April 8 at 12.30pm.
The artwork is the result of an application from Christine Pratt from Blurton Residents Association funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and The Aspire Group’s Realise Foundation to the value of £5,000 each. 
The Realise Foundation then ran a competition for the pupils at the school, to come up with a design which complements the new housing and the area’s history.
Ingestre Square is a development of 41 spacious family homes, six new retail units and a community hub. The houses were recently built by Aspire Housing for Stoke-on-Trent City Council to provide affordable, high quality homes and regeneration in the area.
The two winning sculpture designs were chosen and combined to create a stunning 11ft tree which was then crafted by apprentices at PM Training.
The design idea from Year 11 pupils, Courtney Orpe and Nicholas Mason, is based on using materials from local industries including tiles, brick and steel, which have been brought together in the form of a tree to represent the growth of the area. 
The tiles were produced by children who attend the kids club on a Monday evening at the Blurton Hub. 
They ranged in age from three to eight year olds and they each came up with designs relevant to the area and each painted their individual tile. Support for this was provided by Stoke on Trent College who worked in partnership on the artwork. They providing the materials, and fired and glazed the tiles once they had been painted by the children.