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April 16 -  May 1 2011
A national sculpture competition was launched in December 2010 and closed on 31 January 2011 to attract submissions from artists and art students all over the UK as well as emerging artists within 10 years of graduation.

Six participants for this first leg of the Trail were selected by a panel of judges. Another five participants were invited by Laury (two students, three guest artists). Seasoned public artist / sculptor Laury Dizengremel mentored the art students to create their first public artworks, assisting them in creating large-scale outdoor sculptures and sculpture installations made from sustainable sculpture materials sourced locally and donated by members of the Vale of Belvoir community.

The panel of judges included:
Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland
Mr. Harvey Proctor, Private Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland
Ms. Dee Sowden, Arts Officer for Melton Borough (Leicestershire)
Mr. Rinus Van de Sande, Owner of Broomhill Sculpture Gardens (Devon) and curator of the National Sculpture Prize
Mr. Paul Sheardown, Farmer (tenant of Belvoir Estate)
Ms. Lorna Green, Sculptor
Ms. Laury Dizengremel, Sculptor

I wish to thank Laury who invited me as a guest artist at the sculpture symposium which took place during the Spring of 2011 in the Old Hunt Stables, Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir. The project was granted the "Inspire Leicestershire" mark as the Trail incorporates a sculpture celebrating the 2012 Olympics.

Many thanks too to Dr. Deidre Gallop and Dr. Andrew Gallop from Woolsthorpe who invited all of us for a delicious home cooked evening meal. We also were hosted by The Manners Arms, Knipton - The Windmill Inn & The Peacock Inn, Redmile - Welby Arms, Denton.


Creation of Luciana - of the light.

The finished Luciana - Located along the west bank of the Grantham Canal between the Woolsthorpe lock and Stenwith bridges, the sculpture is a larger than lifesize.

Sad to report it has since been vandalised.

I am also grateful to The Duke of Rutland's brother-in-law Lol Crafer who kindly offered his fabrication workshop and services to help me build a metal armature for my statue.

Using recycled wire mesh and rebar the armature was covered in layers of cement.  Half the battle was getting the mix right.

We only had three weeks to complete our projects so it was quite a challenge to make a piece from start to finish in the given time.