Time to Change is teaming up with top British designer Steuart Padwick to create a giant sculpture ‘Head Above Water’ to stimulate discussion to end mental health-related stigma and discrimination.
The 9m high public art is going on show as part of the annual ‘designjunction’ exhibition in mid-September and will create a striking addition to the London skyline from its position on the Queen’s Stone jetty on the South Bank.
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. At night it 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.
British designer Steuart Padwick has teamed up with Time to Change in the hope the giant timber sculpture will engage and stimulate discussion to end mental health-related stigma and discrimination.
Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change said: “Located on the bustling South Bank, Head Above Water will be seen by millions, prompting contemplation and encouraging conversations about mental health. Sadly, the topic of mental health problems is often confined to hushed conversations in quiet corners so we’re excited to support this project which proudly brings it into the light.”
Multi-award winning British Designer Steuart Padwick is best known for designing furniture and lighting and collaborates with many international retailers as well as producing one-off commissions, most recently nursery furniture for Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
Designjunction, which runs from 20 – 23 September and is part of the annual London Design Festival, will connect the world’s most renowned design brands, with the world’s leading architects, interior designers, specifiers and buyers.