Creative Industries students had the opportunity to showcase their ideas for the design of two NEON Art sculptures for Merthyr Tydfil at a private viewing held at the college’s Oriel 4 Gallery on Friday 6th January.
NEON Design, which is directed by architect Mark Nixon, has been commissioned to produce two sculptures in Merthyr Tydfil, one directly outside The College Merthyr Tydfil and one at the beginning of the Taff Trail.
Working with NEON, the Art & Design, Photography and Performing Arts students have participated in a range of workshops to discuss, draw and model their ideas and designs for the sculptures. Foundation Degree Photography students course also documented NEON’s engagement with students at the workshops and through the design process.
Student Julia Trowbridge commented “The project has provided a fantastic opportunity for us to go out and capture the essence of Merthyr Tydfil and then examine how this can be captured into a modern day sculpture. It’s great that we have been able to play such a big part in this project and give something back to our local community. I’m really excited to see the finished sculptures.”
Foundation Degree Photography students Janet Williams and Sadie Cook, commented “The project has provided a fantastic hands on learning experience for us all. It’s been great to get out and discover all of the landmarks of Merthyr Tydfil and to give our ideas on the designs for the sculptures.”
Mark Nixon, Director of NEON, commented “The aim of the project is to develop two sculptures that are forward looking for Merthyr Tydfil. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with both the staff and students at the college. We’ve really enjoyed learning and gaining an understanding of the context of Merthyr Tydfil and we’ve developed a real connection with the students. The designs and ideas that they have come up with are great and we will now use these to develop the sculptures, ensuring that they reflect the students’ spirits and youthful enthusiasm for the future.”
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