water & life sculpture

water & life sculpture

Prior to Walthamstow Wetlands opening to the wider public in October 2017, we invited local schools and community groups to take part in an exciting new art competition and our engagement programme.

hanging sculpture

The winning entries are now displayed as part of a large centrepiece or hanging sculpture which is located in the locally-listed Engine House, where it has been viewed by a large number of visitors.

hanging sculpture

The competition provided an exciting opportunity for local groups to have their artwork displayed onsite and in doing so, to be part of a historic urban wetland nature reserve, unprecedented in size in London.The sculpture comprises 150 glass jars which hang from the ceiling of the cafe.

hanging sculpture

The brief for the competition requested that school children and local people develop design ideas for these 150 jars which needed to be based on the wildlife, industrial heritage or water supply aspects of the site.

The artwork was to be inspired by the site and have special meaning for the artist. Entries were first submitted as paper designs. The top 150 entries were then chosen and those chosen were produced by the artists in time to be installed onsite prior to its opening.

hanging sculpture

For more information, please download the original design brief here. The Water & Life sculpture can be viewed in the visitor centre and café of the Engine House which is open daily between 9.30am – 4pm.