A LIFE-SIZE sculpture of a Hartlepool athlete is set to be unveiled tomorrow.
Town boxing champion Savannah Marshall will be attending the event at Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square, when a remarkable new full-size mesh sculpture of her will be revealed to the public.
Savannah, who has been boxing since the age of 12, made history in 2012 by becoming Britain’s first women’s world boxing champion in the world finals in China.
She later went on to win gold in the Women’s Middleweight Division at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and represent her country in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The sculpture has been commissioned by Hartlepool Borough Council from Michelle Castles, an artist renowned for her dynamic full-sized mesh sculptures of the human form.
The unveiling – at which Savannah will be joined by the Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher – will take place at 2pm.
Savannah told the Mail: “I’m really grateful for the sculpture and I just hope that it inspires other people, especially girls. I don’t know what it will look like yet but I never ever thought that I’d have a sculpture made of me.”
The sculpture will be a highlight of the gallery’s latest exhibition called Inspire, which is running until Saturday, March 14, and aims to pass on athletes’ passion, dedication, and love of sport through sculpture and photography and to inspire more of Hartlepool’s residents to take part in physical activity.
The exhibition is showcasing the work of Michelle Castles together with a striking series of images by award-winning Hartlepool photographer Lucinda Grange, who has worked with a number of local male athletes of all ages and abilities to produce pictures for the exhibition.
Inspire aims to build on the momentum of the London Olympics, the Paralympics, and the 2012 ‘Inspire’ women’s exhibition at the gallery.
Michelle Castles graduated from the University of Sunderland in 1998 where she began creating the wire sculptures for which she has become famous.
Inspired by sport and dance, she captures poses in suspended animation, allowing the viewer to observe the anatomy of form.
The use of mesh gives an ethereal beauty – the illusion of figures transcending the physical and soaring into the spiritual.
The gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm and entry is free.
For more information call 01429 869706.