The Olympic torch relay through Harrogate will not only be watched by hundreds of cheering residents, but also by some Olympic statues peering out of windows along the route.
Pupils from Harrogate Ladies’ College (HLC) have created some life-sized sculptures of athletes participating in a wide range of Olympic events, from swimming to sprinting. These realistic models will be appearing in the windows of local businesses along the relay route, ready to welcome the torch to the town.
Kay Williams, Head of Art at HLC, said:
We wanted to help make the torch route interesting for the spectators and the girls have worked really hard to produce such fantastic, life-like sculptures using recyclable materials.
The sculptures will be taking their places in the windows the week before the torch relay through Harrogate, with a kayaker, swimmer and diver taking centre stage in the window of M Procter Opticians. Weeton’s will be displaying their torch bearer, Wenlock and javelin figures, with White Stone Sports Shop displaying the archer, tennis player and long distance runner. The Olympic rower will be taking residence in the window of Milk and Honey and the pummel gymnast and hurdler will be taking centre stage at Dacre, Son & Hartley.
Torch bearer sculpture with pupils Tassy Heslop, Millie Waterhouse and Phoebe Musgrave
Rower sculpture with pupils Paige Thomas and Jess Ashcroft
Diver sculpture with pupils Alicia Hartley and Nicole Brocksom