A LIFE-SIZED sculpture of an endangered bird, which was part of a recent street exhibition in Edinburgh, has been gifted to Balfron Primary School.
Web hosting company Easyspace presented the hornbill to the school last week and it will hopefully help to teach the children about the importance of conservation.
A group of 20 pupils from the school designed and painted the colourful creature as part of Easyspace’s sponsorship of Jungle City, a huge public art event in Edinburgh this summer that highlighted the plight of many of the world’s endangered animals.
Carolyn Randall, depute headteacher at Balfron Primary School, said: “We are delighted to be given this fantastic sculpture. The Jungle City project was the talk of the school and we are so impressed by what the pupils created. It will have pride of place in our reception area so parents and visitors can admire it and we also plan to use it as part of the curriculum to help the children learn about the challenges faced by animals around the world.”
Pupils who are members of the not-for-profit community art group Friends of Art Balfron (FAB) created the bird which they nicknamed ‘Webby’. It was the only sculpture among the 150 animals that was created by children.
Jane Robertson, spokesperson for Easyspace, said: “We wanted to involve young children in our Jungle City project and the pupils of Balfron Primary School did us proud. With their talent and imagination they have illustrated the important issue of conservation and their work has helped raise lots of money.
“We hope Webby helps Balfron pupils to understand the challenges faced by these endangered animals.”
Jungle City raised £800,000 to save the habitat of elephants, tigers and hornbills in Asia.
Balfron Primary School is currently developing an outdoor learning space to encourage pupils to learn more about the environment with help from Dawn Cullen, the chair of FAB, who led the Jungle City project.
Dawn said: “The hornbill will be a constant reminder for the pupils about how art can be used to convey the big messages.”
Easyspace also presented a cheque for £50 to FAB to buy new materials for their Saturday morning children’s art workshops. Easyspace is a subsidiary of iomart Group plc which was named Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year 2011.