ARTWORK is helping to measure children’s learning at a village centre.
A unique piece of art has been unveiled at the SureStart Children’s Centre in Golcar, running along the outside and inside walls.
The metallic tape acts as a timeline and documents key events at the Beech Road centre.
Golcar husband and wife design team Claire and Lee Donnelly designed the piece, which has now been unveiled.
A steel ribbon, designed around the idea of a lifeline, runs along the outside walls and then into the entrance area and along a corridor.
Drawings that the children have created have been transformed into magnetic shapes and put on the lifeline.
It means the children can document something as they learn.
Claire said: “It was important that the artwork was cross-generational, in recognition of the fact that the children’s centre is a resource for all children and their families.
“The drawings and the idea of a timeline celebrate that learning happens throughout life.”
She and Lee wanted to create a piece of art that would act as a beacon for the centre.
They say it has given the children’s centre an identity, makes it stand out from afar and draws people to it.
Lee said: “It is very important in all our work that it is very much site specific.
“Here, unlike other projects, we were not designing an artwork for a gallery or an austere public place.
“The emphasis in all the SureStart buildings is on learning through play.
“We wanted the piece to encourage conversation and dialogue, while at the same time being interactive, fun and aesthetically cheerful.”
Lee and Claire work under the name Unusual and were commissioned to create a one-off piece of art for the centre.
They held workshops with residents in Milnsbridge and Cowlersley, where they gathered stories and drawings to add to the timeline.
The shapes are metallic and have been designed to be moved around by the children and encourage them to interact and add to it.