Plasticine is part of Bath’s creative and industrial heritage.
In 1897 Plasticine was invented in Bath by art teacher William Harbutt, and has since been used by students, artists and designers all over the world.
Crest Nicholson, as part of its public art strategy for the Bath Riverside development, has established a development partnership with Plasticine manufacturer Flair Leisure Products, bringing Plasticine home. We invited the secondary schools in Bath to take part in a unique venture giving the pupils the opportunity to produce a piece of art that could become a lasting part of the city’s newest quarter.
The students were invited to create work using Plasticine that responds to the Elements Strategy. The Elements theme has enabled investigations into the meaning of the word, the heritage of Bath, the weather, the periodic table, the significance of public art and the nature of Bath.
The art works produced were submitted to Crest Nicholson’s selection panel in an exhibition in the temporary Elements Arts Space. The selected works have been cast in bronze and incorporated into the landscape and fabric of Bath Riverside. These works of art provide a unique, permanent and youthful connection with the future of this special location.