London’s “fifth plinth” unveiled at Morley’s Waterloo Centre

London’s ‘fifth plinth’ has been unveiled in physical and augmented reality as Morley College London welcomes in the new academic year

Molly Okell’s sculpture was selected as the winner of the Morley ‘Fifth Plinth’ Sculpture Competition in 2018.

Molly is a long-standing Morley student who has taken several Sculpture and Printmaking courses over the last ten years. She also holds degrees in Illustration and Animation from the Camberwell College of Art and the Royal College of Art respectively. 

“I am delighted to have been given this unique opportunity to create a public sculpture celebrating both Morley College and the centenary of The Planets by the composer Gustav Holst. Holst’s music is both progressive and multifaceted and I set out to create a piece of work that reflects this. Morley College has been integral to the development of my sculptural practice since graduating from the Royal College of Art and I would like to thank the tutors and my fellow students for their input and support.” 

Molly Okell

Molly was selected from a shortlist of five sculptors, following an interview with a judging panel featuring Clare Burnett, President of the Royal Society of Sculptors; Steve Burr, Lead Architect for the Morley rebuild; and Nick Rampley, former Vice-Principal.

Listen to an interview with Molly and Programme Manager for Sculpture Sheila Vollmer on Morley Radio.

Augmented reality brings sculpture into homes and gardens

Former Morley student and Zsuzsi Roboz scholar Loyane Bianchini has helped transform the artist’s model of the Okell sculpture into a digital 3D model that can be viewed and manipulated in any web browser, as well as placed virtually in front rooms and back gardens across the land thanks to the wonders of augmented reality.

“Having a ‘virtual’ version of our fantastic new sculpture available for anyone to view – especially at a time when COVID is making it difficult for many people to travel – is a real step into the future. It continues Morley’s proud tradition of making the arts accessible.”

Gerald Jones, Waterloo Centre Principal