Hudson Quarter set to ‘Break Ground’ at this year’s York Ice Trail with the help of local student - Hudson Quarter


Hudson Quarter set to ‘Break Ground’ at this year’s York Ice Trail with the help of local student

Hudson Quarter set to ‘Break Ground’ at this year’s York Ice Trail with the help of local student

Hudson Quarter, a prestigious new residential and commercial property development in York currently under construction by Palace Capital plc, has commissioned a local Secondary School student to design its sculpture for this year’s Ice Trail taking place on 1st – 2nd February.

Fifteen-year-old Weronika, from All Saints School in York, was commissioned to design the sculpture which will be positioned on Queen Street outside the development throughout the Ice Trail weekend.

After being approached by Tarnia Hudson, director of Hudson Moody and residential agent for Hudson Quarter, about partnering with the school for this unique opportunity, All Saints Art and Design subject leader, Phil Norton, handpicked Weronika as the perfect student to undertake the commission.

With the brief to create a sculpture which was in keeping with the ‘Fantasy and Fairytales’ theme of the Ice Trail, Weronika’s contemporary design takes inspiration from popular Japanese fantasy anime characters. The sculpture is named ‘Breaking Ground’ as it depicts the ground literally being broken and metaphorically represents the ‘ground-breaking’ nature of Hudson Quarter as one of the first new developments to be constructed within the historic city walls for many years.

Weronika, student and ice sculpture designer, said: “I was delighted to have been chosen and given the opportunity to take part in this year’s Ice Trail. I had so many ideas of ways to combine this year’s theme with the exciting development work at Hudson Quarter and, after lots of deliberation and talking to the ice sculptors themselves, we have chosen the final design which I am incredibly proud of.  I am really excited to visit the Ice Trail and see my design come to life!”

Phil Norton, Subject Leader of Art & Design at All Saints School said: “Weronika’s talent was developed during a two-year Art Enrichment programme, unique to All Saints School. Weronika has a mature approach to art, a conceptual ability and has a superb knowledge of the design process, all of which makes her the perfect choice for this unique opportunity.”

Neil Sinclair, Chief Executive, Palace Capital plc, commented: “We are thrilled to be involved with this year’s Ice Trail which is a fantastic way of showcasing the wonderful historic city of York. It has been a pleasure to work with Weronika on this project and her design is so wonderfully creative. We are all looking forward to seeing the sculpture taking pride of place outside Hudson Quarter throughout the weekend.”

Hudson Quarter will be a sustainably built mixed use development located in the heart of York city centre. Hudson Quarter will be home to 127 exceptional studio, 1,2,3 and 4-bedroom apartments and penthouses, with a select choice of these now available for reservation. 23 have already been sold with a further 11 under offer.  The development will also feature a prestigious Grade A 35,000 sq ft office building, located within a minute’s walk of York Railway Station.

York Ice Trail is organised by Make it York and sponsored by York BID. The event will take place for two days of the first weekend of February 1st and 2nd February. The trail will feature 40 ice sculptures, all inspired by this year’s theme, Fantastical Fiction and Fairy Tales. The trail includes an interactive carving wall on Parliament Street where visitors can try ice sculpting.

Editors Notes:

·       Picture attached: L-R: Neil Sinclair, Chief Executive, Palace Capital plc, Weronika and Tarnia Hudson, Director, Hudson Moody, residential agent for Hudson Quarter with some of Weronika’s ice sculpture designs outside Hudson Quarter.

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For further information, please contact: Alexandra Calvert, Intandem Communications on 01904 637677.