“Reach sculpture by Michael Condron”
Students from our school have helped create a wonderful new landmark for residents of the Great Western Park.
A unique new sculpture, called Reach, stands three metres high and was officially unveiled last week at its site at UTC Oxfordshire (University Technical College) in a special ceremony, in which four Aureus Year 9 students attended.
The three-metre high outstretched hand is eye-catching during the day, but it’s after-dark that it becomes something very impressive - as it glows in a range of vibrant colours.
Artist Michael Condron is a renowned sculptor and he worked with our students, residents, UTC students, GEMS Learning Trust Schools, community groups and scientists to create the piece which involves more than 600 images. Every one of our Year 9 students had the opportunity to design their own piece, which now forms part of the sculpture.
Michael said: “The sculpture has over six hundred glass circles, each handmade using cut and crushed coloured glass. Aureus students and staff made a huge effort to design and produce hundreds of them, along with unique designs representing the magnificent science and technology in the surrounding area. It has been a wonderful experience working with Aureus. I was met with enthusiasm from the start which has continued throughout the project. A huge thanks to everyone who took part, and I hope you enjoy the sculpture for many years to come.”
Each of them celebrates engineering and human understanding and they have been fused into the coloured glass discs that make-up the metal hand which was funded by the Vale of White Horse District Council from housing developers.
Read More about Michael's work on the sculpture in his blog posts: