Nottingham Trent graduate lights up the Olympic Park with London 2012 creations
11 August 2012
The multiple pieces of artwork that feature in the London Olympic Park have certainly got spectators talking, including one designed and made at Nottingham Trent University.
Sarah Turner, who graduated from the University with a BA (Hons) in Product Design in 2008, has created recycled bottle installations which are lighting up the Coca-Cola hospitality suite on the park.
Eco artist and designer Sarah used over 2200 plastic bottles and thousands of hand-cut pieces from bottles and cans to create a nine-metre sculpture of a high diver, five giant two-metre wide lights and nine 50cm tall lights.
After being approached by the drinks giant 18 months ago, Sarah was commissioned to produce the work at the beginning of this year.
She then approached Nottingham Trent University's sustainable design project, Future Factory, for support. Sarah was given access to the University's workshop and help from technical staff to create the works, which have been situated at the suite, which overlooks the Olympic Stadium, throughout the Games.
She says: "This was a very exciting project and it would have been very difficult to meet the manufacturing requirements on my own. The space and the technician's support that Future Factory provided were invaluable."
The project has been a huge success and Sarah is optimistic that the relationship with Coca-Cola will continue far into the future. They have already commissioned her to create table centre pieces for a prestigious hotel where guests of Coca-Cola will be staying during the Games.
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