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26th April 2017

Students from Hull College recently submitted designs for a statue to be installed in special garden celebrating Hull music legend Mick Ronson, and the winning design chosen by Hull City Council belonged to 18 year old 3D Design student, Janis Skodins.

The project was offered to the students by Hull City Council and a brief was issued to create a piece of art that would take pride of place in the new garden being built in East Park,  the famous guitarists former place of work.

Designs were drawn and prototype models built, and now the lucky winners design will now be recreated as an 8ft steel statue.

All of the submitted entry models are now on display in Hull Central Library Music Archive for visitors to enjoy.

Janis researched his subject using old video footage in order to incorporate aspects of Mick’s personality into the design, and the end result is a powerful sculpture reflecting his influence and input into The Spiders from Mars, David Bowies backing band.

Janis said, “We were challenged with designing a memorial to Mick Ronson and we knew he worked in East Park before he was famous so this was the right place for the statue. I began my design by watching interviews and videos of Mick and reading books about him to find out more.”

“I wanted to put some of his character and signature moves in the design and I found that he had things like strings over hanging on his guitar, which I included.”

“I’m surprised by my design being chosen to be made into an 8ft version but I’m really proud and excited to see the final piece.”

Leo Hazlerigg, course leader for 3D Design said, “This is such a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with a client on a live project, receiving and working with feedback and presenting the finished pieces. The selected piece is an original concept, and attempts to capture the energy of the music, using the guitar as the main motif. It has been produced to an extremely high standard through Yanis’ commitment and highly dedicated approach."

“The outside working and constraints of client deadlines proved an excellent challenge for the students. The project has been excellent and I’m excited to see the final piece and for Janis it’s great to see the work develop from a first stage sketch to an 8ft steel sculpture.”