Thomas J Price's Sculptures: Scanning Participants

For the Hackney Windrush Art Commission, artist Thomas J Price actively involved Hackney's local residents in his making process and the final outcome for his permanent Windrush sculptures.

With Veronica Ryan's sculptures, 'Custard Apple (Annonaceae), Breadfruit (Moraceae), and Soursop (Annonaceae),2021' unveiled last year on the Narrow Way, Thomas J Price's sculptures are set to be installed this year outside Hackney Town Hall. These works embody Hackney's Windrush community, and have included local residents from the very beginning.

Last May over 30 Hackney Residents were invited to a studio in Upper Clapton to be 3D scanned for Thomas' works. These participants who ranged from 25years old to 90 years old, came down to the studio. where they met with Thomas J Price to speak about the works, and have their scanned bodies inform the final sculptures that are to be permanently installed in the borough.

Haile Tekla Jones, 26 years old

"I'd previously seen one of Thomas's works in Bow without knowing of the artist and was struck by his unapologetic and uncompromising stance on capturing blackness in a way most don’t expect it.

 

On the scanning day I was invited into a studio where I met Thomas and his team and had my likeness taken using this super futuristic device.

 

It was such a privilege to be part of this project, too often the Windrush Generation has gone under appreciated and to have something permanent in Hackney to memorialise the people who gave its character it is immense and a pivotal moment for the borough.

My Grandma and Grandad came to the UK in 1953 looking for opportunity and a new start. They had seven children and I’m one of their many grandchildren. We’re spread everywhere from Atlanta, Ottawa, London, Birmingham and Leicester. My mum lived in Hackney in her twenties before moving around a bit and I live here now."