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Students work with Tony Davies to design a new landmark for Kidlington

Three Sixth Form students Leah Risby, Chelsea Jacques and Catherine Marsh and two Year 10 students Susannah Knowles and Anna Hopkins have been involved in designing and making a permanent sculpture which will be made on the large round-a-bout by Sainsbury’s. The project has been funded by Kidlington Parish Council and Cherwell District Council to commemorate when Kidlington was the site of a zoo.

The zoo was officially opened by Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell in July 1931, on the site now occupied by Thames Valley Police headquarters. It became a popular weekend haunt for Oxfordshire people in the 1930s. Rosie the elephant was arguably the most famous animal at Oxford Zoo. But there were other favourites, among them Hanno the lion. The artist Tony Davies has designed and is in the process of making a sculpture of Rosie the elephant with a stork on its back and being pulled along by a monkey. The students have been involved in designing a sculpture which will go on the opposite side of the round-a-bout.

Tony Davies says "I am pleased to have been asked to create a new landmark for Kidlington and am grateful to Gosford Hill School students for their help with the designs."

Colleen Gowlett, Team Leader - Art

Posted: 2018-07-26 11:20:30
Last Edited: 2018-07-26 11:34:42