Chiswick School's 'Stay at Home' Mural unveiled as Abundance London's W4th plinth
During the first lockdown students created a number of different art works, one of which was entitled "Stay at Home". Mr Robinson and his team of students decided to enter the mural into a competition for the chance to be displayed at Abundance London's W4th plinth at Turnham Green. They were delighted to be shortlisted and amazingly gained over 290 public votes on social media! This meant that it their entry went through to the final stages and was judged by a panel that included Sir Peter Blake. Mr Robinson was thrilled to receive an invitation for the team who created the mural to the unveiling of the eventual winner on Sunday 13th December.
On a very cold and wet Sunday afternoon, the team met at the top of Turnham Green terrace where drinks were served as well as hot soup (very welcome!). Mrs Ellener was asked to give a speech and was given the honour of pulling the cord to unveil the winning entry. She spoke about how the school was open during the lockdown for students of key workers and vulnerable students, and how important the arts were at a time of great uncertainty. Then at a countdown from 5, the cord was pulled. At first the previous piece of art, Penny the Orangutan, was reluctant to move but with a bit of persuasion the winner was revealed - "Stay at Home" by Chiswick School. There was a huge cheer and the attending students were very pleased and very proud to see their artwork on display. Everyone agreed that the piece was a worthy winner and it certainly brightens up a dark corner, especially on a rainy day. More importantly, it has given Chiswick a piece of art that speaks of the issues that the students faced during lock down and gives them a proud moment they will remember forever.
The mural will be in its position for the next 6 months when another piece will take its place. While it's on display, please take a look, grab a coffee, sit on a bench and take it all in.