by George Lewis for SCAPE Public Art Season 2016 - Re:ACTIVATE Kids
The original concept sketch for Sunbeam, proposed by George Lewis, was to somehow build a sculpture 2m wide and 2m tall. The colourful creation would glow in the dark. George built a scale model of how his sculpture would look. When this was seen by an engineer in his family they explored together the process through which a full scale sculpture could happen. This could constructed with welded 25mm aluminium box section, or it could be laser cut out of a piece of 5mm steel plate. A UV black light be used to make it glow in the dark. Alternatively it could be suspended with rigging between two of the high level containers... George stipulated it would be painted yellow, blue and orange and set about seeking sponsorship for the paint and construction.
SCAPE Public Art agreed to include the sculpture installation within Re:START mall as a new addition to Re:ACTIVATE, the SCAPE Public Art Development programme for emerging artists. RE:ACTIVATE Kids for 2017 and 2018 will be open to artists under 18 years of age aspiring to produce work. Kids designs will be selected by SCAPE and sponsored by Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers.
As a strong supporter of the arts and community projects Lewis Bradford sponsored the construction of Sunbeam. They have committed to ongoing support of young people like George to realise their sculptural dreams through this new programme; Re:ACTIVATE Kids.
Earlier this year George approached his mum Helen and handed her a small sketch. “Can you give this to Neil Dawson please, it’s a sculpture that I want to build”. Neil is busy with his own work but we are keen to support George in his quest to build his sculpture.
Since then George has prepared lots of sketches of other ideas, mostly featuring his favourite colour orange. He still likes his first sculpture the best though.