September 27, 2013
During the summer, we heard the tragic news that sculptor Katie Lake died in a swimming accident. Katie was an outstanding sculptor who worked with many groups of young people, inspiring and guiding them to create works they did not think themselves capable of.
Just days before the accident, Katie attended the formal opening of the new Newton Abbot College Arts Centre and Modern Languages buildings. The traditional cutting of the ribbon ceremony was carried out by the sculptor of ‘The Seed’ at Eden, Peter Randall Page. His speech complimented the beautiful new buildings and emphasised the importance of human creativity. The students’ sculpture was unveiled and has pride of place outside the Arts Centre is an area designated as a sculpture garden.
Funded by a grant from The Helen Foundation, Katie had worked over a number of weeks with students from the college to design and create the steel and glass sculpture, with the young people learning the challenging skills of bending, shaping, filing and welding the steel sections, turning their own drawings into three dimensional shapes. The results are stunning.
The Foundation will now be working with the college to re-dedicate the sculpture to Katie Lake, a truly inspirational artist who gave so much to enrich the lives of all those she worked with.