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Tree sculpture gifted to local school

Little Heath School are the lucky new owners of a 3 metre-high sculpture from UBS Asset Management. The sculpture created by Barbara Franc was previous hosted in the Imperium Building in South Reading and UBS Asset Management sought a new home and approached Connect Reading local business community partnership to help find a suitable partner to gift it to.  The sculpture now featured in the schools’ new art block is a tree with a welded steel armature clad in wire netting and recycled biscuit tins. The tin is cut, hammered and then stitched onto a structure with copper wire. The creatures are made from patterned tin and various found objects. The animals are two Red Squirrels, two Pine Martens, two Thieving Magpies and a Woodpecker, all indigenous to the British Isles. 

Jonathan Hollick, UBS Asset Management, said

“We were keen to find a new home for this unique tree sculpture made from wholly recycled products, in a place where it could continue to be appreciated and enjoyed. We are delighted to leave the sculpture in the safe hands of Little Heath School, and hope it will become a much-loved landmark for the school’s students for years to come.”

Eileen Wooller, Little Heath School, “Little Heath School is extremely grateful to have received such a beautiful sculpture, which I have no doubt will inspire our very lucky students!”

Clare Wright, Managing Director at Connect Reading said “We were delighted to assist with finding a new home for this sculpture and it is such a lovely gift to the school as well in our Year of Culture.

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