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Memorial sculpture arrives

Posted: 12th December 2017

A brand new sculpture has arrived at school. Created by local sculptor Jonathon Rodney-Jones in collaboration with Braunton Academy's Art and Technology Departments, the forged iron tree is a memorial to a long-serving and well-respected teacher, Olaf Rinvolucri (Head of Technology), who tragically passed away in service almost three years ago.

Wanting to find a fitting memorial for Mr Rinvolucri, the Art Department worked with Jon Rodney-Jones and came up with the idea of tree on which we could hang "fruits" made by pupils and which represent their hopes and aspirations. GCSE Art students attended workshops with the sculptor, during which they designed their own fruit, moulded them in clay and finally cast them in aluminium. The finished fruits will soon be attached to the tree, and the hope is that in the future more and more will be added.

We are indebted to Jon Rodney-Jones who has not only given his time to this project for free, but has also donated many of the materials or sourced them from local suppliers. Local haulier, Nick Sampson, also donated his time and lorry to transport and install the tree at school. The tree is now standing on the grassy bank outside the Aspire Centre and will be seen by all passers-by.