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Wednesday 23 October 2019
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Artist Randy Klein to develop Employment Academy sculpture

A model of the ASPIRE sculpture for the Employment Academy
A photo of the model of the ASPIRE sculpture for the Employment Academy.
Internationally renowned artist and Southwark resident Randy Klein has been commissioned to develop a sculpture for the Employment Academy, a new £6.5 million initiative dedicated to helping people in south London to find work.

Randy will be working with formerly homeless men and women to develop the sculpture, giving the opportunity for the people working with him to develop engineering and welding skills.

The team will be working with the London Engineering Company, who are developing the sculpture, giving people a chance to benefit from hands-on experience of working in a large, engineering organisation.
The sculpture, called ASPIRE, symbolises the ethos of the Employment Academy as a place where people can develop their skills and find work. 

The sculpture is based around an old spiral staircase from the Employment Academy building in Camberwell.

Once completed, the sculpture will stand at around five metres tall and feature life-size figures at work. It will sit in a courtyard within the academy.

Randy Klein said: “The ASPIRE sculpture is intended work as a symbol of aspiration. The figures on the staircase show people taking steps to find work and develop their confidence, skills and self-esteem on the path to employment.”

See some photos of the 'Aspire' sculpture being developed.