Celebrations for the fiftieth edition of the Review coincide with the 5th Open-Air Sculpture Award, which was held on a golden evening on Monday 11th September. The Friends were honoured by the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wandsworth, Councillor John Garrett and Mrs Marion Garrett. Wandsworth Borough Council continues to provide the spectacular setting in front of the Pump House where the winning sculpture remains in situ for one year.
We were also delighted that Walter Menteth, the distinguished architect, who has recently won a Housing Design Award and 2000 Civic Trust Award for his work in Battersea, had agreed to present the prize cheque for £1,000 to the winner.Our winner this year is Kieran Coyle from Northern Ireland, a 27-year old graduate of the Royal College of Art Sculpture School. His work “Dual Nature”, made of aluminium strengthened with steel rods, symbolises evolution with a suggestion of both male and female forms. It took a year to complete in the college foundry, and Kieran believes that the fluidity of molten aluminium has allowed him to achieve a naturalistic form.
This piece, like most of his work, has elements concerned with evolution, the fantastic and man’s imagination.The four previous prize winners have gone on to achieve great success and we hope our choice of this exciting work will be equally beneficial to him.