FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND (Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m. ET) — A sculpture made from Stokbord recycled waste plastic is the centerpiece of an Olympics-inspired art education project. The 1.4-metre sphere of schoolchildren's silhouettes was cut from board material more commonly used for walkways, fencing, cable protection and animal pens.
The sculpture is the work of artist and graphic designer Nick Sayers, who selected Centriforce's Stokbord plastic sheet to create the piece with pupils at Cherrywood Primary School in Farnborough.
The children modeled for their silhouettes in national costumes from as far and wide as Nepal, Albania and Ghana. Nick then had their outlines machine cut from Stokbord and the children helped sand and bolt the pieces together into a lattice, forming the final spherical structure.
“My work centers on taking everyday recycled or repurposed materials and transforming them into something completely different,” explained Nick. “Stokbord is an ideal material for a sculptor to work with because it has a good balance of flexibility and rigidity. It's much more forgiving than, say, acrylic, but has enough strength to bend to shape, and is easy to cut. Furthermore, I am passionate about sustainability, so using a recycled material was high on my list of priorities.
“The finished sculpture will be permanently displayed in the school grounds, and Stokbord is resilient enough to withstand the outdoor elements and for children to play inside,” he added.