NICK Richards, a 20-year-old graphic design student at Harlow College, has just accomplished an extraordinary achievement by having his mural chosen to transform Prentice Place in Harlow.
Nick said. ‘It was unexpected to be chosen. I feel really proud because I grew up in Harlow, so it’s nice to know something I have done will be displayed there.’
He added: ‘At the beginning of this project, my first two designs were just not right. This is my fourth design. I didn’t actually get good feedback initially. But that was because the first designs were freehand drawings, whereas my final one was created on the computer.
‘I enjoyed going around Harlow to see what I could use, what sculptures would be best, replicating distinct places so people would know it was Harlow and not just any old town.’
He added: ‘ The next stage with clients is to get the design suitable to go up on the streets.’
Andy Debnam, Regeneration and Development Manager for Harlow Council visited the college to award Nick with a cheque for £100.
Mr Debnam said: ‘Nick captured the Harlow concept, which is the sense of community and diversity. Through the use of the greenery, the sculptures, the different people of Harlow, he really focused the design on people working together and being together.’
He added: ‘The Prentice Place is set for completion around February to March in two thousand and nineteen.’
Mustafa Sidki, Senior Tutor in Journalism and Media said: ‘The students performed very well. Ultimately I am happy and surprised by the quality and the diverse topics.’