engages all 193 nations on Earth
in a groundbreaking creative initiative:
a collaborative work of art,
it shines a light on our global water crisis,
and in so doing,
builds the friendships and trust between us
that lead to peaceful
transformation and change.

WITH the HEART of a CHILD
. . and a PENGUIN . .

is prelude
to this initiative.

Seven lifesize bronze children
one from every continent on Earth
(six children and a penguin)
simply dressed in soft silk tulle ..

hesitate in time,
leaning forward, hopeful,
poised to dive,
eyes closed, dreaming into their future,
anticipating things unseen:

a little child shall lead.

Trusting feet, plump and bare,
remind us of our duty of care
to life, to love, to planet Earth.

They stand together, peacefully, as friends,
vulnerable and strong,
silently singing out to us
their call to change.

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says Nicola
“As a peaceful activist and as an artist,
I respect and harness the creative healing power of collaboration.

In order to bring about broad spectrum and worthwhile change,
we must connect and unite:
water, our shared life-spring, is in crisis and desperate for our help.
As we learn together, play together, and together respond to water’s cry,
we build peaceful, effective relationships,
and so, with trust, a little courage, and open hearts,
we lay strong foundations on which to build this change”.

 

Question
So, practically speaking, what is
“With the Heart of a Child”?

Answer
It is a collaborative work of art
involving children and adults worldwide.
A significant bronze sculpture installation
consisting of 193 lifesize portraits of young children,
one child from every nation on Earth
. . standing together, peacefully, as friends . .
it is an iconic reminder of the duty of care we owe
both to planet Earth and to our future.

To achieve this, and with help from Cambridge University,
sculptor Nicola Ravenscroft will be working with
universities in every country on Earth.

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Nicola has produced an ”artist edition” bronze sculpture installation
as prelude to the initiative "WITH the HEART of a CHILD”.

Titled "WITH the HEART of a CHILD .. and a PENGUIN”,
this is a sculpture installation of
six life size bronze children and a penguin,
each piece representing one of our seven continents.
It calls us to unite,
and invites us collectively,
and with visceral response,
to consider the fragile future of planet Earth.

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This captivating work has been exhibited at

HSBC global HQ
Canary Wharf, London

M&G Group HQ
Governor's House, London EC4R 0HH

Cambridge University
where, published and endorsed,
it is central to groundbreaking, innovative and
collaborative new research.

WITH the HEART of a CHILD
. . and a PENGUIN . .

is available for sale, signed, numbered and finished by hand
in a small limited edition.

The little bronze penguin is also being produced in a separate artist limited edition of 100.
Signed, patinated and finished by hand, the feathers of each penguin may be played, carefully,
somewhat like a thumb piano, and every song is different.

jamuna   "holy river"   Asia
immokalee   "tumbling water"   North America
madzimoyo   "water of life"   Africa
antarctica
newlyn   "from the fresh spring"   Europe
myuna   "clear water"   Australasia
yaku   "water"   South America
In memory of my beautiful friend Anna Craft,
whose work, life and love have profoundly
changed the lives of children.