The Hope Sculpture is the centre piece of three public art installations by Steuart Padwick located across Glasgow, with each sculpture constructed using low carbon, reclaimed, recycled or sustainable materials.
The Hope Sculpture is the centre piece of three public art installations by Steuart Padwick located across Glasgow, with each sculpture constructed using low carbon, reclaimed, recycled or sustainable materials. It is a showcase of how industry, organisations and people are committed to build more sustainably, as we transition to a net zero future.
At 20m high, the monumental Hope Sculpture represents a beacon of hope and positivity towards reaching global environmental milestones, located in Clyde Gateway’s beautiful woodland park at Cuningar Loop. Its long, elegant columns take their form from the brick chimney stalks that once littered the East End of Glasgow. Unlike its predecessors, this deconstructed chimney stalk is made from an innovative new low carbon 100% cement free concrete incorporating locally sourced aggregates.
On top of the columns is an age, gender, race neutral child embracing the surrounding nature and is reaching out to a greener, hopeful future. It too is constructed using 100% cement free concrete, locally sourced aggregates and recycled crushed glass. Hidden from view, but significant also to the carbon impact of the build are re-claimed steel gas pipes used for the piling and recycled rebar, all contributing to the Hope Sculpture’s huge 75% lower carbon impact.
Linking our built environment with improved mental well-being, Steuart has worked with Mental Health Foundation on all messaging. Words of Hope have been written by some of Scotland’s favourite voices, writers, and poets as well as local school children. These words have been inscribed directly onto all the sculptures. Each sculpture has mental health signposting close by to offer a range of support.
The project,supported by Glasgow City Council is part of the official COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference legacy and will form an important part of making a difference beyond COP.
“The monumental Hope sculpture is a powerful and much needed symbol of hope. It is a timely reminder that by taking better care of our environment we take better care of our own and our communities mental well-being”
|Principle Build Partners:||Ramboll, Aggregate Industries, Urban Union and Keltbray|