Olympian Series II – Beth Tweddle MBE

13 March to 14 July 2013

Please note that this sculpture is no longer on display

body cast sculpture decorated with scenes from Beth Tweddle's gymnastic career

Courtesy of Louise Giblin

This limited edition sculpture of Beth Tweddle was on temporary display in the Museum of Liverpool's Atrium. 

The sculpture 'Olympian Series II – Beth Tweddle MBE'  was created by artist Louise Giblin. Cast in bronze, it is one of five she made in Spring 2012 to celebrate the success of British Olympians past and present.

Louise worked closely with Beth to create the design. It was inspired by her agility, physical strength and triumph at the 2009 World Championship at London’s O2 Arena. Embedded into the sculpture are elements of the Greenwich stadium design and London sights and locations.

Sales of the sculptures help raise funds for the Headfirst brain injury charity.

Louise presented Beth with her own edition of the sculpture at the Museum of Liverpool. Read more about this on the blog and see photos from the press call on Flickr.

Beth Tweddle - Olympian

"It's the best feeling…I can walk away with the medal in my pocket and it's the one that finishes my career." Beth Tweddle, August 2012

Beth Tweddle MBE is Britain’s most successful gymnast of all time.

In a glittering 14-year career, the Liverpool star helped put British gymnastics on the world stage, breaking record after record.  She is a three-time World Champion, six-time European Champion, Commonwealth Champion and has won seven consecutive National Championships too.

Olympic success proved elusive until the 2012 London Olympics when Beth won a bronze medal in her preferred event, the uneven bars. More records tumbled as she became the first British woman to win a gymnastics medal in Olympic history, and the oldest gymnast to win a medal in nearly 50 years.

See items from Beth's gymnastic career in her Locker Stories display in the Wondrous Place gallery.

Creating the sculpture

Louise Giblin, Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, cast Beth using plaster impregnated bandage at her flat in Liverpool in 2011, a process taking an hour. The plaster cast, reinforced to survive the journey back to Louise’s Sussex studio, weighed 1.5 stone (approx. 10kg) but Beth, who uses a 22kg jacket to do exercises, felt virtually nothing. 

"I got involved with the project, as it was something completely different. After seeing some examples, I became really interested in Louise's work. It was a very strange feeling to actually have the body cast done. I had to stand still for an hour, which was a difficult task for me! I was also completely covered in what was like paper mache and it was pretty heavy by the time the cast was around me! It was worth it though, I think the end result is brilliant. I love the fact that Louise has been able to incorporate different aspects of my career, with the main theme being London."  Beth Tweddle

sculptor covering Beth in a plaster cast body suit

Courtesy of Louise Giblin