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Sculpture is 'opening goal on journey'

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

  • STUNNING SUCCESS: Elliott Brook's Goaloids sculpture has been unveiled on Shepherd's Bush green. Pictures by leighpics.co.uk/LBHF

  • PROUD FAMILY: Mr Brook with, from left, daughters Amber and Phoebe, wife Bryony and Belinda Donovan, mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

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A BRUTON artist has seen his four-year dream come true after his spectacular sporting sculpture was unveiled in London.

Elliott Brook's 41-foot Goaloids sculpture was unveiled on Shepherd's Bush green on the eve of the London 2012 opening ceremony.

He travelled to London with his wife, Bryony, and two daughters to witness the climax of years of tireless work.

He said: "It was a spectacular experience. Almost four years of stress and hard work has all come off.

"Seeing the sculpture finished makes me very proud, but it's also a great relief.

"There were so many times we could have given up, but we carried on, battled through the tough times and completed the job.

"I'd like to think we've helped contribute to the long-lasting legacy of the Olympics."

The Goaloids sculpture consists of a set of goalposts sat on rotating car turntables, marking the centenary of the British football team's 1908 Olympic success – achieved on the site of Shepherd's Bush green.

The rotating goalposts were turned on by Belinda Donovan, mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

She said: "Elliott Brook's Goaloids have sprung up in Shepherds Bush to huge acclaim to local residents. They have attracted interest from thousands of passers-by all keen to take a closer look at these magnificent works of art.

"It was a huge privilege to officially turn-on the Goaloids and the council would like to thank Elliott for brightening up our borough with his wonderful sculptures."

For Mr Brook, the completion of his vision has a much more profound meaning.

In 2007, he was left on a life support machine after suffering a stroke while in a pneumonia-related coma. He remains paralysed on his left side and confined to a wheelchair.

However after courageously "fighting back from the dead", the former Glasgow school of art graduate believes the project is the start of a new journey.

He said: "This isn't the end of the journey, it is just the start. I have a lot of ideas to build on this achievement and go forward in the future.

"Most of my work has a football theme, and that's something I will look to continue.

"Football is such a big part of my life and it's a symbol of our culture, history and heritage. We invented the game."

The Goaloids sculpture will sit proudly in London for the duration of the Olympics, but may stay permanently if an agreement is made.

Olympics special – Pages 8, 9, 10 and 11.

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