A Penwortham school is leaving a legacy for Preston’s famous Guild.
Priory Academy has unveiled a new sculpture as part of it’s £1m new humanities and languages building.
The four statues, made of wood, have been designed and created by sculptor Martin Sharp and paid for by the school’s PTFA (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association) to commemorate last year’s Preston Guild.
Assistant head at the Crow Hills Road school Heather Young said: “Preston Guild year is every 20 years and we decided we wanted to do something that would still be there when Preston Guild year comes around next time.
“We love the sculptures – they are stunning.”
The school started talking to Martin, who was recommended to Mrs Young by a friend, last year.
She added: “It was pure coincidence but we asked Martin to come up with some designs and we all loved them.”
Martin, 26, from Forton near Lancaster, is a fine art student at Blackpool and Fylde College and studied contemporary applied arts at Hereford College.
He works at Booths supermarket in Garstang and devotes his spare time to his artistic talents.
Martin said: “I started around October last year and came up with some designs of people based around the Priory logo which has four people on it.
“I also spoke to Lisa Cowell, the art teacher at Penwortham Priory.
“I then got four large pieces of wood and carved them into shape. They are between 6ft and 8ft tall so it took a lot of work.
“It’s does give me a great deal of satisfaction seeing my creation go from a piece of wood to the finish.
“There are four ‘people’ and they are shaped in a horseshoe and have benches in front of them for pupils to sit on.”
The PTFA raised the £1,000 needed for the sculpture with raffles, cake stalls and the Penwortham Gala.
Mrs Young added: “The work is such an inspiration and hopefully they will inspire our students, who are already so talented in arts and crafts, to try out bigger creations for themselves.”
Anyone wanting to contact Martin about sculptures can email firstname.lastname@example.org.