28th February 2020 — St Hilary’s Preparatory School pupils in Years 4 and 5 have been successful in reaching the final of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Schools’ Global Canvas Competition with their collaborative work art installation.
This year’s competition theme, which saw entries involving thousands of children from all over the world, is titled ‘Endangered.’ The challenge involved creating an exciting group mini-exhibition or art display interpreting this theme.
St Hilary’s pupils were initially concerned about the plight of the orangutan but group discussions led to the realisation that the entire eco-system of the rainforest is under threat, from forest fires in the Amazon, to deforestation in Borneo. The children wanted to highlight the importance and fragility of the ‘lungs of the world’, not only to the indigenous flora and fauna but also to us as humans.
The St Hilary’s sculpture was made from recycled materials, where possible. The rainforest tree trunks were formed out of disused carpet rolls, with the addition of papier-mâché and wire. Yarns were then wrapped around to reflect the vibrant colours found in the rainforest. Animals and insects have been created out of newspaper covered in mod roc and painted carefully to reveal texture. Lianas were made by plaiting fabric and winding with yarn. Fun Art Club made a forest textile hanging by using cold wax and fabric dye.
The school will attend the final of this competition in mid-March at London’s Natural History Museum.