Teen’s sculpture design to be Chesterfield College landmark

Pictured is Hannah Carter, 17, with her winning sculpture design that will become a centre piece at Chesterfield College.
Pictured is Hannah Carter, 17, with her winning sculpture design that will become a centre piece at Chesterfield College.

Chesterfield College art and design student Hannah Carter has been declared the winner of a competition to design a sculpture to be installed outside the college’s new construction facility on Infirmary Road as part of the percent for art scheme run by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Hannah, 17, was one of six finalists shortlisted from 28 students who created designs for a sculpture that will be the final piece of the new development which opens its doors to students this month. Students were given a brief to create designs that incorporated some of the decorative stones from the old building on this site and to incorporate the theme of the history of Chesterfield.

Other finalists were Justine Wright, Charlene Haughton, Lauren Blount and Jordan Thorpe, all aged 17, and first year art and design students. The final designs were judged by Coun Terry Gilby of Chesterfield Borough Council, Stuart Cutforth, Principal at Chesterfield College, and Mike Thackery, Head of Facilities at the college

Hannah said: “I was inspired by the role the railway has played in the town and I wanted to combine that with the role education plays in shaping people’s lives. My design is created from stone and metal railway tracks. It shows how education can take you on different journeys in life. It has been an amazing experience to take part in this competition. I can’t wait to see my designs come to life and be installed for everyone to enjoy.”

Chesterfield College tutor Luke Chapman said: “I am proud of how each of the students has used different inspirations to create their designs. This competition has given them all a fantastic opportunity to see how design is important in the community. Some of the students want to go on to study architecture and being finalists in a competition like this really gives them a head start in being able to apply what they learn.”