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Work starts on public art

Work has started to create a piece of public art which will form the focal point of the £6m redevelopment at Banbury and Bicester College’s Banbury campus.
The artwork is being installed between the new creative media and motor vehicle centres, which were completed last year and which now sit alongside the recently refurbished creative arts centre.
The design forms a raised platform which will run through the centre of the site and act as a runway for fashion shows, a plinth for art exhibitions, public seating and a base for video projections. The platform features three towering arcs, each topped by discreet coloured lighting, in the shape of a star, which will be powered by solar energy generated by panels on the new motor vehicle building.
The artwork has been created by public artist Tim Ward, following consultation with staff and students. The arcs represent student achievement, aspirations and creativity, and each will bear a stylised imprint to represent the three curriculum areas – a graphic pattern for creative arts, digital symbols for media and a tyre print for motor vehicle.
The foundations are now being dug and the artwork is expected to be fully installed by mid-November.