Student’s 3D art goes on show at reserve

A student’s piece of 3D art which can be enjoyed by visually impaired people has gone up at nature reserve.

Thomas Beardwell completed the piece, which shows an aquatic scene with molded three-dimensional creatures, for an Extended Project Qualification as part of his studies at Spalding Grammar School.
He worked closely with John Oliver, warden at Spalding’s Willow Tree Fen, where the sculpture is now on display.
Year 12 student Thomas chose to complete the qualification as part of the enrichment curriculum at the school, which enables students to personalise their education and develop their own skills ready for further education or employment.
He said: “When I first started to plan this project, I had no idea how much it would develop into something I can really be proud of.
“Countless hours during the day and night have gone towards this; every minute of working on this project has been completely worth it.
“The project has combined my passions of art and nature; this helped me to pour that passion into the piece as I made it.”
The project involved Thomas researching wildlife, understanding visual impairments and the batch production of sculptures.
It was crucial for Thomas to develop methods of manufacture that meant the final product was safe, educational, repairable and cost effective.
Willow Tree Fen nature reserve provides not only beautiful countryside, stunning views and a wealth of wildlife it also provides provision for educational experiences in classrooms and restored outbuildings, which is where Thomas’s work is now displayed.
The installation has promoted further discussion with John Oliver and Thomas hopes to be designing and making more displays in the near future.

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