A pupil at the Northwood College for Girls has won an art prize in the capital where schoolchildren design their own artwork for Trafalgar Square’s famous fourth plinth.
Vishaya, a Year 7 student at the school, was selected as one of the winners for the London borough of Hillingdon, attending a ceremony on Wednesday, May 4 at New City Hall.
Her winning design, which wowed judges including acclaimed artist Professor Samson Kambalu whose new work Antelope will be installed on the fourth plinth this September, was titled ‘History of London Inventions’.
It focused on the various historical creations made by Londoners, including creator of the television, John Logie Baird, who created the device whilst living in the city.
Speaking about her inspiration, Vishaya said: “London inventions came to mind and during my Google searches on London inventions in general, John Logie Baird kept appearing and from there I wondered what other inventions London was famous for.
From these searches came about my idea of using John Logie Baird’s invention to project all other London inventions.”
Head of Northwood College for Girls, Rebecca Brown, said: “We are so proud of Vishaya. Her design skilfully illustrates the breadth and diversity of London’s inventing history, from the
bourbon biscuit to the kettle.
“Vishaya’s initiative to enter this competition highlights the Northwood College ethos of igniting intellectual curiosity and challenging oneself.”