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Scottish Sculptor Mark Stoddart Builds Special School in Kenya

Scottish Sculptor Mark Stoddart Builds Special School in Kenya

30 years after receiving artistic inspiration in Kenya, Scottish sculptor Mark Stoddart invested a portion of his earnings in the construction of a special school in Nairobi.

Stoddart told the Scottish press on Monday, July 11, that he was assisting the Kenya Dyslexia Organisation in the construction of a new school for the New RareGem Talent School in Nairobi.

He laid the groundwork for the school in order to assist it in establishing its own headquarters and moving away from the rentals it is currently engaged in.

The artist also stated that he chose to donate to Nairobi because it was there that he first got the idea to incorporate wild animal sculptures into furniture.

Stoddart’s contribution included funds from the sale of a special raffle of a Hostage Hippo coffee table. The table was created to commemorate the fifth birthday of Fiona the Hippo, a Cincinnati Zoo staple who was born six months prematurely weighing only 29 pounds.

“The current school is in rented premises at the moment, but rents and running costs are rising all the time,” stated Stoddart.

Drawing on his own experience, the artist stated that he learned the art of sculpting despite having dyslexia.

“The school is well beyond maximum capacity with 215 dyslexic students, some with other disabilities, and 90 percent of their board. They have a waiting list of more than 100 students that they can’t take.

“If I can get them to the first stage that will enable them to move out of their rented buildings they would be able to cut their overheads,” he added.

Stoddart founded his company in 1990, where he creates exotic artistic furniture and one-of-a-kind, highly collectible bronze sculptures.
He has previously designed coffee tables with glass tops and shiny bronze sculptures of animals (hippos and horses), as well as an African woman.


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His works range in price from Ksh70,000 (£500) for a simple Rhino sculpture to Ksh1.1 million (£8,000) for a 1998 Mark Stoddart Hippo table.

Separately, the artist is supporting a school for dyslexic children in Bali, Indonesia.

Scottish Sculptor Mark Stoddart Builds Special School in Kenya


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