ELEANOR CARDOZO | Dedication to Olympic Champion 2012

Words & photographs by Adrenus Craton

It was truly fascinating to discover this stunning piece of artwork "Ribbon" on my way home from London Heathrow Airport - and to my pleasant surprise the artist, Eleanor Cardozo, happened to be in London preparing for the dedication of her sculpture on BBC. The honor was to be received by the talented gymnast, right there in Terminal 5.

On January 19, 2012, Eleanor Cardozo dedicated her sculpture "Ribbon" to five-times Olympic Champion, Frankie Jones. The 21 year old Welsh gymnast was honored in celebration of her achievements in rhythmic gymnastics. 

Greeted with smiles and hugs, Eleanor showed me her other sculptures on display at the Expo Fine Art Gallery (a few steps away from where her magnificent sculpture stood). If only I had been prepared with a long list of well thought out questions to ask and ask, however, her presence and artistic liveliness were something... even more compelling to observe.


Just before the dedication, Frankie Jones put one of the most gracefully impressive performances, alongside the statue, shining and full of light - all I can remember is the sound of her ribbon, billowing as she swooped it from side to side and around in the air. 

It was nice to have the opportunity to speak with both artists, and they even graciously signed their wishes and autographs to prints from Eleanor's collection of beautifully drawn, swanlike dancers. 

I will certainly keep sending out best wishes for Frankie as she represents Great Britain during the 2012 Olympic Games, thanks to Ann Aldridge (Art Curator to Expo Fine Art Gallery) ...and love many times to Eleanor for extending her invitation to be a part of this most inspiring event!

Note: Eleanor Cardozo was chosen in June 2012 as "Woman of Calibre" by Bedat & Co. for her outstanding work recognized by Swiss luxury watchmaker 

(photo by Bedat & Co.)

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