The Details

Name: Diversity

Location: Villa Marina, Douglas

Created By: University College Isle of Man

Design Inspiration

The design of Diversity was inspired by a collaboration of individual designs created by students from Foundation Learning (UCM). It includes waves of blue, green and purple stripes, an ombre body, plus additional overlayed images such as stars and symbols to represent the diversity of the group. It was an inclusive project which brought together students from different areas including those with more complex needs who were able to join in and help paint the dolphin. Students from Foundation Learning researched symbols for neuro diversity and found butterflies, hearts and infinity rainbows. Some drew them by hand and others used ipads. Bridson and Horrox kindly printed the sticker choices for students to cut out, including some of the hidden disabilities sunflowers which the dolphin wears on a lanyard. Students considered fundraising options for Hospice and chose to do a ‘guess the name of the dolphin’ competition – securing a prize of coffee and cake for two in the UCM Annie Gill learning cafe. It was a great opportunity for students to research ‘What is art?’ (IOM Arts council), learn new skills and communicate within and outside of UCM. Jen from Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch inspired students with knowledge about dolphins and their habitat providing further ideas and bringing the whole project to life.

The Big Splash Isle of Man 2022