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01 March 2007

CEMEX UK provides clunch and grant to support art students at University of Hertfordshire

A sleeping head sculpture, which was inspired by original artist Constantin Brancusi's famous works 'Sleeping Muse', has been created from clunch by David Free with the help of building materials solutions company CEMEX UK. Clunch is a soft chalkstone traditionally used in Eastern England as a material for buildings including Ely Cathedral and Queen's College, Cambridge.

The clunch used to create the sculpture comes from CEMEX UK's Barrington Quarry in Cambridgeshire, where the company quarries chalk for cement-making. David Free, is currently a mature student undertaking an Open Studies Course in Art at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, and has named this first sculpture "After Brancusi" Four fellow students on the 12-strong course also selected clunch as the preferred material for their sculptures.

According to visiting lecturer and professional sculptor, Paul Bainbridge, who visited Barrington quarry to select the materials, clunch is a limestone, which is relatively soft and easy to carve compared to traditional sculpting and casting materials, such as marble and bronze, making it ideal for beginner sculptors.

The University of Hertfordshire has also been awarded the first ever grant from the CEMEX UK Foundation, which supports community projects that are related to the company's operations. The grant will be used by the Art Department to fund a small marquee to allow art students to work outside with their projects, while being protected from the elements and inspired by the outdoors.

Throughout 2007 CEMEX UK employees will have the opportunity to admire and enjoy 'After Brancusi', which will be on loan from the artist for display at the company's head office in Thorpe, Surrey.

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For further information contact Liz Young, Tel: 01932 583208 Email: Elizabeth.young@ext.cemex.com

CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk

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