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British designer Steuart Padwick will make a dramatic change to the London skyline during designjunction in support of mental health. Head Above Water is a 9 metre high sculpture on Queen’s Stone jetty (aka Gabriel’s pier) on the South Bank with panoramic views of St Paul Cathedral and the iconic city skyline.

The ‘Head’ is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral and stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them. This piece of public art will be supporting the mental health campaign Time to Change, who will use this dynamic platform to engage and stimulate the discussion to eradicate mental health-related stigma and discrimination.

  • “Head Above Water is a fine emblem of what we all hope for: a healthy, creative, compassionate mind”
    Kevin McCloud, Designer, TV Presenter and supporter of Head Above Water.
  • “Located on the bustling South Bank, Head Above Water will be seen by millions, prompting contemplation and encouraging conversations about mental health. Sadly, the topic of mental health problems is often confined to hushed conversations in quiet corners so we’re excited to support this project which proudly brings it into the light.”
    Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change
  • “An extraordinary piece of public art, Head Above Water's powerful use of colour reminds us that mental health comes in many guises, and can be a story of hope, not despair.”
    Dr Sally Marlow, King's College London

At night the Head Above Water will be lit, and people will be able to engage with its changing colours to reflect how they are feeling through a designated Twitter feed - in real time. Dr Sally Marlow Phd, Engagement and Impact Fellow, loPPN at King's College London has advised on the changing colours to reflect different narratives and concepts used to describe emotions. Consulting engineers Hoare Lea are the specialists behind the lighting scheme.

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