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Polar bear designs

Student designs summer installation for London?s Southbank Centre

7th June 2016

Jonathan Enyim-Otebil, 3D design student at Barking & Dagenham College, has won the Southbank Centre?s Festival of Love 2016 Design Challenge with his idea of embracing polar bears. His designs will be transformed into a 9 metre installation which will be enjoyed by millions of visitors this summer. The Festival of Love runs from Saturday 9 July ? Monday 29 August 2016.

Caption: Jonathan (above left) in discussions with Architect and Designer-Maker, Nick Wood, about turning his designs into a 9m x 9m x 6m installation.

Jonathan, age 18, from East Ham, is modest about his win, saying,

"I am really surprised as I hadn’t expected to win. I saw some of the entries made by my fellow students at College and they were all great.”

Jonathan has already started to work with artist Nick Wood, Founder and Director of How About Studio Ltd, to plan how they will turn the small-scale idea into a 9m x 9m x 6m larger-than-life installation. Nick, who also led the judging panel, added

“I’m a big fan. The brief was to create a unique installation that was both accessible to all and interactive and Jonathan has thought very carefully about his creative response.”

Once the materials for the design have been agreed, the polar bears will be constructed at Nick’s studio in Stratford, east London.

The Festival of Love will runs from Saturday 9 July – Monday 29 August 2016.

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