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The Big Build

31st May 2021 - 8th July 2021

You’re invited to The Big Build! 

It’s a new public art sculpture installation, imagined, designed and built by thousands of primary schools students from Newham, representing hope and celebration in the wake of the pandemic.   

Who made the sculptures? 

We worked with 14 schools from Newham between 24th – 27th May, exploring how to transform ideas into sculptures. We used unique modular cardboard designs from Netherlands-based Collective Paper Aesthetics in schools, the same modules that are being used in the large Big Build sculptures.

The children’s vision will be brought to life by Danish born East Ham artist Anne Harild.

Where will the sculptures be? 

Sculptures will be on show across the Borough! If you take a pic, share it with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #TheBigBuild

1. Thames Barrier Park | 31st May – 17th June

2. London Design & Engineering UTC | 1st June – 6th July

3. Queen’s Market | 2nd June – 7th July

4. Beckton Globe Library | 3rd June – 7th July

5. Westfield Stratford City | 4th June – 8th July

6. East Ham Library | 5th June – 7th July

7. Olympic Park – Pontoon Cafe | 6th June – 6th July


How can I get involved with The Big Build?

Families can pick up a mini activity pack to build your own sculptures at home, along with a map at some of the sculpture locations! But you can also collect these from local libraries or printed online at home.ioi.london here.

Share your mini builds with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #TheBigBuild 

The best creations win a prize!

Why Newham?

This exciting initiative brings much needed creativity to the heart of Newham, one of the boroughs hardest hit by the pandemic. Inspired by the Borough’s 2021 Year of the Young Person, the sculptures aim to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of young people across Newham. Each sculpture  provides an opportunity for children and young people to design and build together in a symbol of collaboration and hope. 


31st May 2021
8th July 2021
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