Redding sculptor reshapes teaspoons into Gamers artwork

Myra Ostacchini (53) with winning sculpture from John Lewis competition
Myra Ostacchini (53) with winning sculpture from John Lewis competition

Sculptor Myra Ostacchini scooped top prize in a competition to design a piece of art to mark the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

However, those taking part could only use household items in their artwork.

Myra (53), a recent first-class honours graduate in sculpture and environmental art from Glasgow School of Art, created her diver statue from stainless steel teaspoons.

Judges were so impressed by her efforts that they selected her effort as the winning sculpture and it is now on display in the John Lewis Glasgow store throughout the Games.

Mum-of-one Myra also received an iPad to help with her further art studies.

The department store giant launched the competition last month to celebrate its role as an official provider of the XX Commonwealth Games, as well as supporting local artists.

Myra, who is originally from Redding but now lives in Glasgow, said her inspiration came from childhood memories of watching swimming events at the Commonwealth Games.

She said: “I have always been fascinated by the last few moments of a dive before the swimmer enters the water. The human form creates such beautiful shapes whilst suspended in the air mid-dive and this was the inspiration for my sculpture.

“To create my sculpture, I used over 300 teaspoons. I shaped each one by hand to create the curves of the muscles or the shape at the heel before bonding them all to create a human form.”

Myra, whose mum Margaret Campbell still lives locally, said she was delighted her sculpture is now on display in the store.

She also had an opportunity to work with popular sculptor Billie Achilleos.