Former Crawley pupil creates town centre sculpture

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A former Oriel High School pupil’s sculpture has been unveiled in Loughborough town centre.

The Child Sculpture by Paula Riley, 21 (pictured), marks the centenary of the founding of children’s publisher Ladybird Books.

It is a life-sized sculpture of a four-year-old boy reading a book lying on his front.

Paula, a Loughborough University fine art student who grew up in Bewbush,

said: “It’s an amazing opportunity at such a young age and at such an early stage in my career.

“It’s quite surreal seeing it there and hearing the different comments from the public.

“The reaction from children especially has been incredible, they often go pat the child in the head or look in the book.”

Paula, whose artist name is Priley Riley, had her proposal for a public sculpture commissioned by Charnwood Borough Council and Quadron.

Her success has been picked up by local media and the BBC.

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