One in Four Sculpture
In Australia in 2004, “one in every four young people between the ages of 15 and 24 experienced a mental health issue”. This statistic was visualized in the One In Four Sculpture which was built as an anonymous storytelling and info exchange point to be used during a youth mental health conference and public health information event in Melbourne.
Artist, Penelope Richardson, conceived and designed the wooden sculpture using laser-cut plywood. Each panel is 2 m high and 120 cm wide. Bright coloured acrylic panels overlaid with texts giving statistics related to youth mental health and other health information were an essential structural support element of the sculpture. Before being dressed the sculpture was covered with a thick layer of felt so people could pin messages on the figures.
School students from a West-Melbourne high school dressed the figures making sure there were lots of pockets and pouches for pens, paper and pins.
During the event people could write messages and tell their own stories on pieces on paper which were then pinned to the sculpture. At the end of the two day event there were more than 350 personal stories of hope, sadness and other experiences or advice on the board.
These stories then became the basis of an ongoing storytelling campaign to help the destigmatization of mental health in young people in Australia.