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Inspiring new sculpture goes up at the Employment Academy

The Aspire sculpture at the Employment Academy
The Aspire sculpture in the courtyard of the Employment Academy

30 November 2012

An 18 foot, one tonne sculpture based around an Edwardian spiral staircase – an original feature of the renovated building housing the Thames Reach Employment Academy – has found a new home in the courtyard there.

The sculpture, entitled Aspire, is intended as a focal point and an object of inspiration for the people who use the academy’s services, and was created by internationally renowned artist Randy Klein.

The sculpture shows figures holding the tools they would use in the workplace climbing the spiral staircase, and represents people climbing towards success, a key aim of the Employment Academy.

A group of 14 people who currently use the services of Thames Reach were given the opportunity to work with the artist to help create the sculpture, and attended training workshops at the company London Engineering.

Randy Klein, who is also currently exhibiting work in public spaces across Italy, said: “The Aspire sculpture breathes life into this wonderful 100 year old staircase and it is symbolic of people bettering themselves and taking the steps up towards a better life.”

Bill Tidnam, Thames Reach director, said: “Randy’s involvement of service users in the construction of this sculpture reflects our approach, which is to help people see their strengths and develop them.”

You can find out more about Randy Klein's work at his website.