Tuesday, 5 March 2024
Tuesday, 5 March 2024

Air ambulance unveils supporter sculpture at its North Weald airbase

Marking the culmination of a three-year design competition in collaboration with Art and Design students at Harlow College, a unique sculpture has been unveiled at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) North Weald Airbase by winning student, Leah Jelf.

Funded by corporate partners and suppliers to EHAAT, the sculpture, called ‘Reflection’, was designed by Leah, and voted the most popular by the judges. Her initial concept was based around a 3D Stonehenge-inspired take on the rotor-graphic element within the EHAAT logo. She then worked with EHAAT to modify the design ready for installation.

Leah, who is now studying Fine Art at university said: “My idea for the design was that ‘Reflection’ offers a place for visitors, especially patients and their families, to sit, reflect and read inspiring quotes.”

The Harlow College Design Project collaboration saw twenty-seven Art and Design students submit proposals, which were whittled down to just ten by a panel of judges. Five designs were shortlisted and then put to a vote by staff and volunteers from all areas of the charity, with Leah’s entry being chosen for installation at EHAAT’s airbase at North Weald.

The unveiling of Leah’s winning design follows on from a sister sculpture, designed by competition runner-up Keira Harkett, and which took its place outside the entrance to EHAAT’s Earles Colne airbase in 2021. Called ‘Supporting Us, Supporting You’, Keira’s sculpture symbolises the many people needed to support the charity.

Leah unveiled the sculpture along with EHAAT Trustee Roy Marfleet, and CEO Jane Gurney, who said:

“Many congratulations to Leah for creating an outstanding sculpture that will be seen by all who visit us here at North Weald. We were delighted to be able to work with her and are thrilled with what she has achieved.”

“The judges were hugely impressed with how all of the Art & Design students at Harlow College came to understand how EHAAT works, and all the elements needed to remain operational, crew, volunteers, staff, and community support. This has been a fantastic journey for both the charity and students, and we’re excited that staff and visitors will be able to enjoy this unique installation for years to come.

“Our very grateful thanks go to the Harlow College tutors, who oversaw this project and all of the Art & Design students who took part. Thank you also to our corporate partners and suppliers; without their support, this project would not have been possible. I would also like to thank SRC Aggregates and MDS for donating materials, time, and expertise to the project.”

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