South Woodford teen wins Fourth Plinth competition with his idea of a giant iphone

James Peterson, of South Woodford, wins the chance to have his design of a giant iphone, on top of t

James Peterson, of South Woodford, wins the chance to have his design of a giant iphone, on top of the fourth plinth in Traflagar Square. - Credit: Archant

A schoolboy is put on a pedestal as he is declared borough winner of a London based competition that could see him get the chance of seeing his handy work displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

James Peterson, 14, of South Woodford, was thrilled to hear he was one of the winners of the Fourth Plinth competition, where children got the chance to come up with a design to put up on the fourth plinth.

He said: “I was extremely surprised to win this for Waltham Forest as there were so many good entries from my school.”

James, who goes to Normanhurst School, in Chingford, put forward the suggestion of a giant iphone on the plinth which will take pictures of tourists who can then buy the pictures at a nearby gift booth.

Sally Peterson, James’s mum, said: “I am over the moon and still in shock that he won! He is a very creative and artistic boy and this shows he is moving in the right direction!”


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James was awarded a certificate at City Hall and will begin to start working on the design for his winning idea alongside “award winning architects”.

The teen’s art teacher, Payam Beint, said: “I am really proud of James. The fourth plinth schools competition is such an exciting and prestigious event. “As a small school it is all the more special to have our pupil’s artwork recognised as a regional winner by the judges.

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“The award ceremony in City Hall was an unforgettable experience and one that I am sure James will remember for the rest of his life”.

It will now be decided if James’ idea will be turned into reality but for now will just be on the wall of City Hall for everyone to see until June 30.

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