Hudson Quarter Commission Student for Stunning Ice Trail Sculpture
Hudson Quarter commissioned a local Secondary school student to design its sculpture for York’s Ice Trail which took place on the weekend commencing Saturday 5th March.
Fifteen-year-old Gudelia, from All Saints School in York, was commissioned to design the sculpture which was positioned at the development throughout the Ice Trail weekend.
The design was inspired by the theme of this years’ festival, ‘Around the world’ and was sculpted from ice by artists in preparation for the exciting event. It was been inspired by an oriental dragon design.
Gudelia’s journey to All Saints School started in Hong Kong and they moved to England in 2020 after her family felt that there had been a deterioration in democracy, freedom of speech and the human rights and legal system in recent years. The family decided to relocate to England and chose York during the pandemic. Since arriving, they have been warmly received by All Saints and have been delighted how they have been made to feel welcome.
After being approached by Tarnia Hudson, director of Hudson Moody and joint residential agent for Hudson Quarter, about partnering with the school for this unique opportunity, All Saints Art and Design subject leader, Phil Norton, handpicked Gudelia as the perfect student to undertake the commission.
Phil Norton, Subject Leader of Art & Design at All Saints School said: “Gudelia has an amazing ability to visualise her ideas in 3D before she begins work. It is fascinating to watch her use origami techniques so intuitively.”
Neil Sinclair, Chief Executive, Palace Capital plc, commented: “We are really excited to be involved with this year’s Ice Trail which is a fantastic way of showcasing the wonderful historic city of York. We are delighted to work with All Saints School and Gudelia on the project and would like to thank her for her brilliant design concept.”
Hudson Quarter is a high quality mixed-use development opposite York Railway station and includes 127 new homes, around 40,000 sq ft of office accommodation, set around landscaped grounds. It was completed last year.
York Ice Trail is organised by Make it York and sponsored by York BID. The event took place from Saturday 5th March to Sunday 6th. The trail featured over 40 ice sculptures, all inspired by this year’s ‘Around the World theme’.