Talented schoolchildren from west London have swept the board in a capital-wide competition.
The annual art competition, which invites London’s primary and secondary schoolchildren to create artworks inspired by the commissions for the Fourth Plinth, in Trafalgar Square, and was organised by the Mayor of London in partnership with Cass Art.
Winner of the five to seven age category was Garnet Class, Year 2 from Mount Stewart Infant School, in Brent, for its simple but touching sculpture of a face spreading Happiness.
Jago Bevan, from Notting Hill Prep School, won the eight to 11 category for For Sale, an estate-agent style sign to be placed on the Fourth Plinth in a wry comment on London’s property prices.
And Thushika Ravichandran, from Notting Hill and Ealing High School Senior Department, was winner in the 12-15 years category for Live Your Life to the Fullest, an inventive balloon sculpture, which sees the word “Life” floating as if a kite in the sky, and is a call for everyone to look up and take in what is around them.
Judge Mark Wallinger said: “The overall quality of the work submitted for the Fourth Plinth competition was extraordinarily strong.
“I was quite overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of imagination displayed and the enormous diversity of materials that were used to express the proposals.”