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Is Your Head Above Water?

 

 

 

LONDON Head Above Water is a new piece interactive sculpture on London’s South Bank with panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the iconic city skyline. It is designed to encourage debate on mental health. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Taking the form of a giant wooden head elevated above the Thames, this striking piece. As part of the London Design Festival (15 - 23 Sept), and designjunction (20-23 Sept), British designer Steuart Padwick will make a dramatic change to the London skyline in support of mental health.

The ‘Head’ is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral and stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them.

This public art supports, Time to Change, the nation’s mental health anti-stigma campaign.  One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet many people still report being misunderstood by those around them. Time to Change will use the dynamic platform to challenge negative attitudes and stimulate public perception and understanding around mental health.

At night Head Above Water will be lit, and people will be able to engage with its changing colours to reflect how they are feeling through a designated Twitter feed - in real time.  Dr Sally Marlow Phd, Engagement and Impact Fellow, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (loPPN) at King's College London has advised on the changing colours to reflect different narratives and concepts used to describe emotions. Consulting engineers Hoare Lea are the specialists behind the lighting scheme.

Steuart Padwick said, “Head Above Water is a symbol of hope. It needed to be big, powerful and prominent… a beacon of humanity caring for others.  This is not my head or about my battles.  This is for those who have or have had mental health issues…. I want anybody and everybody to relate to it….to open a door perhaps ….”

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