Marsh Awards

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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Dream by Jaume Plensa

Award winners for 2009 were Jaume Plensa for Dream, in St. Helens, a 20m high sculpture depicting the head of a young girl with eyes closed in meditation. The piece is constructed on the site of the disused Sutton Manor Colliery at St Helens. The material used is a concrete aggregate mixed with sparkling white Spanish dolomite. Commissioned by former miners and St Helens Council as part of Channel 4's Big Art Project, this 400 tonne sculpture, which is highly light reflective even on a dull day, is the artist's response to the miners' desire for a work that expressed the future of their community and landscape. Jaume Plensa says that his sculpture is about celebrating life and the human experience; of standing between past and present, present and future, knowledge and ignorance. Dream was inspired by the spectacular setting, the local heritage, a vision for the future and the warmth, humour and passion of the former miners.

Three other certicates were awarded to Perceval by Sarah Lucas; The Lion by Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa; and the restoration of the Memorial to George III in Weymouth by Chris Daniels and Osirion Building Conservation.

You can find out more about Dream by visiting the official website