A university in the United Kingdom recently revealed a £24,000 statue of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.
In their attempts to show solidarity with the climate enthusiasts, recently, a university in the UK unveiled a £24,000 statue of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, saying it reflects the institution's 'sustainability and social justice values.
It is a life-sized structure of the climate enthusiast made with bronze and is Titled 'Make a Difference'. The sculptor has been erected on campus at Winchester University as part of its £50 million West Downs Centre development.
According to what the university revealed, the bronze life-sized sculptor cost £23,760 which is a huge amount. Hence, the act received some backlash after it was commissioned in 2019, having been labeled a 'vanity project'.
Nevertheless, the university maintains that the artwork has not 'diverted' any funds from students or staff.
The Vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Joy Carter said,
“The university's approach to art is to commission or purchase unusual and striking pieces which embody our distinctiveness and values. Greta is a young woman who, in spite of difficulties in her life, has become a world leading environmental activist. As the university for sustainability and social justice we are proud to honour this inspirational woman in this way. We know that many find her a controversial figure. As a university we welcome reasoned debate and critical conversations. We hope her statue will help to inspire our community, reminding us that no matter what life throws at us we can still change the world for the better. That is a message we want all our students and all young people to hear.”
The sculptor depicts Thunberg with her arms outstretched. It was created by artist Christine Charlesworth, whose work was influenced by her personal experience of young people with a learning disability.
It is the world's first life-size sculpture of the young Swedish climate change activist. Talking about this, Charlesworth said,
“It is hard to deny her courage and determination. As is often the case with people on the autism spectrum, social interaction is difficult for her. It is therefore even more remarkable that she has been able to forefront the mobilization of young people in support of global environmental protection and to address world leaders on a face-to-face basis.”
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