City children make their mark on new swimming pool

Pupils from four city schools are set to make a lasting impression on the Worcester’s new swimming pool building at Perdiswell, helping to design an eight-metre high piece of artwork that will give it an eye-catching look.
 
Around 100 children, aged from eight to 18, have been working with Eric Klein Velderman of the Cantoo design agency to produce colourful and beautiful images for the building’s frontage – the modern version of stained glass windows.
 
Pupils and students at Perdiswell Primary School, Tudor Grange Primary School, Heart of Worcestershire College and RGS Worcester have taken part in workshops to help create the striking designs.
 
“We began with some initial water explorations; dropping ink into water and filming the resulting swirls with our phones, exploring pattern and light reflection from water, looking at colour,” says Eric.
 
“Young people collected fallen leaves and took rubbings, mixed colour combinations, digitally scanned and abstracted the shapes into paper cut patterns which were then collaged into exuberant designs.
 
“The final design will be a composition of many young people’s work and will be embedded into the building for its lifetime.”
 
The project was funded by a contribution from RGS Worcester.
 
Headmaster John Pitt says:  ‘We are delighted to have been involved in this excellent community project and it is fantastic that RGS Worcester pupils’ artwork will be included in this lasting design at the new swimming pool.
 
“We hope that all of the visitors to the swimming pool will enjoy what local pupils have created.”
 
The final designs will be installed at the new pool later this year.Pupils from four city schools are set to make a lasting impression on the Worcester’s new swimming pool building at Perdiswell, helping to design an eight-metre high piece of artwork that will give it an eye-catching look.