Artistic pupils at a Cambridgeshire school created an exciting new art installation – inspired by the sculptures of Antony Gormley.

Year 4 pupils at Ely St Mary’s Church of England Junior School have learnt about the artist, famous for his Angel of the North sculpture.

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Eager to follow in his footsteps, each child created their own clay angel, which were fired in the kiln at Ely College.

Working together, the children combined the angels to form a heart, representing hope and a sense of community.

The piece is reminiscent of Gormley’s ‘Field’ art piece. It featured thousands of miniature terracotta figures looking back at the viewer.

Year 4 pupil Iolo said:  “The angels were all different and diverse – one even looked a bit like a chef.

“It was like hundreds of little eyes were watching me, protecting me.”

The sculpture project ran alongside the Bishop of Ely’s Lent Challenge at the school. Pupils were asked to design a feather and write a message of hope on it.A pupil in front of angel wings

And the feathers were combined to form a set of rainbow-coloured wings. As a result, children were encouraged to wear them and reflect.


Headteacher Rebecca Ireland-Curtis said the projects had really inspired the children.

“I am extremely proud with how the school community embraced the theme of ‘Hope’ from Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge,” she said. “The theme embraces all faiths and none. It has allowed us to reflect on moving forward from what has been a challenging year.

“The projects have enabled both children and staff to consider our pathway to the future which is full of hope and joy.”

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