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Student-designed Giant Polar Bears unveiled at London?s Southbank Centre

11th July 2016

A student?s prize-winning installation, depicting a pair of giant blue polar bears, has been unveiled as part of the Southbank Centre?s Festival of Love 2016. Displayed in a loving embrace, the Arctic Love, Just You and Me installation has been designed by Jonathan Enyim-Otebil, a student of 3D Design at Barking & Dagenham College.

Jonathan’s design was chosen as the winning entry in the inaugural Festival of Love Design Challenge, organised by the Southbank Centre to find young creative talent, and promoted by Creative & Cultural Skills through its National Skills Academy. Millions of visitors are expected to visit London’s Southbank Centre over the summer as part of the arts venue’s site-wide Festival of Love.

Jonathan, age 18, (pictured above looking up at the canopy created by his design) from East Ham, said,

"I was truly honoured that my design was chosen. It was extraordinary to see it built and displayed at such an iconic London landmark."

Jonathan is studying for his BTEC Extended Diploma in 3D Design at Level 3.

Since his win was announced, Jonathan has been working with Nick Wood, Founder and Director of How About Studio Ltd, to turn the small-scale idea into a 9m x 9m x 6m larger-than-life installation. During the process, the polar bears have been abstracted into shapes to form a contemplative canopy for visitors to enjoy.

Georgia Ward, Head of Festival Site Design, Southbank Centre said

“We're absolutely thrilled to have Jonathan's brilliant artwork on display as part of Festival of Love. Southbank Centre's commitment to young people and emerging talent is at the heart of everything we do and we're delighted that visitors to the site this summer will be able to experience the realisation of his vision, talent and hard work. ”

Pauline Tambling CBE, Chief Executive Officer at Creative & Cultural Skills, added

“The idea behind this new competition is to give young talent the opportunity to work on a live brief and, for Jonathan as the winner, the chance to work with leaders in the arts. The opportunity to see your work reproduced on such a massive scale, and for it to be enjoyed by millions of people, is an amazing experience.”

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